A ROBBERY in Stourport in which thieves broke into the home of a vulnerable man has been described by police as "truly despicable".

Police have arrested two men following a robbery in Farm Road at about 2am on Sunday, April 6. The vulnerable victim was repeatedly threatened and also assaulted after the intruders got into his house while he was asleep, however, he did not suffer any injuries during the incident.

Various items were stolen from the house before the robbers finally left more than two hours later.

Detectives from north Worcestershire CID arrested one man at about 5pm on Sunday and another later at about midnight. They are aged 20 and 22 and were both arrested before being taken to Kidderminster Police Station for questioning. They remain in custody.

Det sgt Mark Roberts said police were not looking for anyone else in connection with the matter and he appealed for people to come forward with information.

He said: "Electrical items stolen from the victim, including a mobile phone and television, have been recovered by us but his iPad is still missing and that has left him more isolated due to his circumstances. It may be someone has bought the iPad unwittingly so if one has been offered to you cheaply or you know who has it then please get in touch with us."

North Worcestershire supt Kevin Purcell said: "Crimes like this are fortunately rare but given the victim's vulnerabilities the way he was targeted is truly despicable.

"It's quite possible those responsible have told others about their involvement and I would appeal to anyone who has not come forward with such information to search their conscience and do the right thing by picking up a phone and telling us immediately.

"We understand some people may not want to speak to us directly but there is always the option of passing on details anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers."

Since the robbery, police, including members of the safer neighbourhood team, have been conducting targeted patrols in the area to provide reassurance. House to house inquiries have also been carried out.

Anyone with information should call detectives at Kidderminster Police Station on 101, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.