WEST Mercia Police are appealing for witnesses following an attempted burglary in Wem.

The incident happened at around 8.15pm in Eckford Park on Thursday, October 3.

According to police, four men rang the doorbell, shouted at the victims through the letterbox and attempted to force entry to the property but were unsuccessful so made off on foot empty-handed.

This incident followed two other more severe incidents in Shrewsbury and Harmer Hill earlier in the evening.

The Shrewsbury incident happened at around 7.10pm in Leamore Crescent. Four men entered the property through an open door and threatened the victim with a metal bar before stealing the victim’s wallet and a quantity of cash. They made off in a vehicle in the direction of Reabrook Avenue.

The second incident happened just before 8.00pm on Lower Road in Harmer Hill. Four men forced entry to the property and threatened the occupants with a screwdriver before conducting an untidy search of the house and stealing a quantity of cash.

The victims, three men in their 80s and a retired couple were not injured but left shaken following the incidents.

Officers investigating the incidents are currently treating them as linked as they happened in close succession of each other and in each incident, the suspects alleged to be from the police.

The suspects are described as white, of large build, wearing masks and gloves. One of the men is believed to have a ginger beard.

Detective Sergeant Alex Sullivan from West Mercia Police said: “We realise that these incidents will cause concern in the community and while no arrests have been made, investigations are ongoing and we have increased patrols in the area to offer reassurance.

“We take reports of this nature extremely seriously and urge the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour they may see.

“These incidents were understandably frightening ordeals for the elderly victims who were targeted, and we will do everything in our power to bring the offenders to justice.”

Anyone who witnessed these incidents, saw anything suspicious in the area at around the time of the incidents or has information that could help with enquiries is asked to call 101 quoting the incident number 714s of October 3 for Wem and 677s of October 3 and 703s of October 3 for Shrewsbury and Wem.