Loanhead pensioner stands up to thieves

Did you see anything suspicious in Lorne Grove, Loanhead?
Did you see anything suspicious in Lorne Grove, Loanhead?

An elderly woman foiled three thieves when they tried to break into her Loanhead home in the middle of the night.

The startled resident woke up in the early hours of Friday, August 7 to hear a commotion outside her property in Lorne Grove.

In a quick-thinking move, the brave pensioner rushed into her living room to switch on her lights, in the hope this would deter any would-be thieves.

But just minutes later, three men broke in to the house and demanded money from her in a “horrendous ordeal”.

Despite the threats, the woman, believed to be in her 70s, refused their demands - and the trio fled the small housing estate towards the Straiton Retail Park on the A701.

All three men were wearing dark hooded tops and spoke with Scottish accents and police are keen to trace them as soon as possible.

Detective Inspector Steven Bertram said: “We are currently pursuing a number of lines of inquiry but I would ask anyone who was in the area of Lorne Grove at around 1.50am on Friday and who remembers seeing the men or any suspicious activity to please contact police as soon as possible.

“This was a horrendous ordeal for the victim to go through and although she was not physically harmed in any way the incident has understandably left her badly shaken.

“Anyone with information that can assist with our ongoing enquiries is asked to contact police on 101 or, alternatively the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Meanwhile, Police Scotland is looking to trace three men in connection with an armed robbery on August 7.

Three men on a motorbike drew up at an Esso petrol station on the A702, Biggar Road, Hillend, at around 7.50am.

One man stayed with the vehicle while the other two entered the premises. They were wearing hoodies and scarves over their faces and spoke with local accents.

They also carried bladed weapons and made off with a number of packets of cigarettes.