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Burglars take Manchester pensioner's life savings

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Media captionPhillip Knowles said he could not sleep since the robbery

A pensioner has had his £22,000 life savings stolen by three men in a "disgraceful and shameful" burglary in Manchester.

Phillip Knowles, 81, who had been saving since the age of seven, was targeted at his home on Glenhurst Road, Burnage, at about 11:00 BST on Monday.

He found the men in his house after returning from a shopping trip.

They told him they were "from the police" although they were not wearing uniforms.

Police believe the gang had broken in as there were signs the lock to the front door had been prised open.

Officers are now appealing to anyone who has information to come forward.

The first man was described as white, about 6ft (1.8m) tall, of a stocky build and was said to have an unkempt appearance, wearing blue jeans.

The other men were white, about 5ft 6in (1.7m) tall and of a similar appearance.

Det Con Lisa McGrane said: "In the blink of an eye, his entire life savings have been cruelly snatched away and he is quite understandably very shaken and very upset."

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