Man, 74, dies days after being robbed by bogus police officers at his home

A 74-year-old man has died days after being robbed by a group of bogus undercover police officers at his own home.

The pensioner was taken to hospital after being threatened in his house in Babbinswood, Shropshire, last Tuesday.

Three men, pretending to be officers, tricked their way into the property on Fitzalan Close at around 8pm

They ransacked the house before fleeing with cash and a wallet.

The pensioner was treated in hospital overnight and discharged the following morning, but was found dead days later on Friday.

West Mercia Police are now probing whether his death may be linked to the robbery and are still awaiting the results of a post-mortem.

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They say they "simply don’t know" if there is a link at this stage.

Detectives believe the offenders left the area in a light-coloured Volvo and have appealed for any witnesses to get in touch.

Shropshire Commander Superintendent Mo Lansdale said: "Our thoughts are with the man’s family and friends at this difficult time.

"He has clearly suffered an unpleasant ordeal during the robbery and whether or not this is linked to his death we simply don’t know at this stage.

"We’re carrying out enquiries into the robbery to trace those responsible and would appeal for anyone with information to come forward and speak to us.

"If anyone was in Whittington on Tuesday evening and saw anything suspicious or out of the ordinary we would ask them to get in contact."

The victim’s identity has not yet been released.

Anyone with information is asked to contact West Mercia Police on 101, quoting reference 652s 201118. You can also contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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