Appeal: Woman And Children Confronted By Armed Robbers

Police are appealing for information after a woman in Middleton was robbed in her home by a group of armed men.

west york policeAt about 8pm last night (16 November 2015) the 32-year-old victim was at home with her three young children in Thorpe Crescent, Middleton, when she answered the door and was confronted by four to five masked men. One was armed with what appeared to be a handgun and at least two others had knives.

They forced their way into the house and made threats and demanded money.

They were led to an upstairs bedroom where they took a large amount of cash. Jewellery, bank cards and a mobile phone were also stolen and the men drove off in the victim’s husband’s grey Range Rover. The vehicle, registration RF58 WYK, has not yet been recovered.

Detective Inspector John Dexter, of Leeds District CID, said:

“This was an absolutely terrifying experience for the victim to be confronted in her home by a group of masked men armed with weapons. Her children were at home at the time and this will have been a really upsetting ordeal for this family.

“At one point the offenders even threatened to take one of her children if she didn’t comply with their demands for money.

“The people involved are clearly dangerous and we urgently need to identify them and arrest them at the earliest opportunity. I would like to hear from anyone who saw anyone acting suspiciously in Thorpe Crescent in the time leading up to the incident or around the time of the incident itself.

“The husband’s grey Range Rover was taken and has not yet been recovered. We would like to hear from anyone who has seen that vehicle or who has any information on its current whereabouts.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Leeds District CID at Elland Road via 101 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.



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