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Disabled man killed in robbery at his home

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A DISABLED man was found dead in his home yesterday after being beaten by raiders.

John Ellidge, a retired garage owner, and his wife Mary, both in their 60s, were tied up by robbers who burst into their bungalow in Paignton, Devon. Police said Mr Ellidge's death was being treated as murder. His wife was being treated in Torbay hospital.

Police later surrounded a car at a petrol station and arrested a man and a woman.

In Leeds, an 82-year-old man was beaten up and robbed of pounds 10 during a three-hour ordeal in which his house was ransacked.

Police described the attack as 'despicable and gratuitous'.

Police in London are hunting a man who beat up an 80-year-old widow and stole pounds 1.50.

The man broke into the first-floor council flat in Brixton, stuffed a towel in the woman's mouth and beat her about the face.