Leeds grandparents in knife gang attack

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An elderly couple were attacked by a gang of masked raiders as they babysat their grandchildren.

The knife and hammer-wielding robbers forced open a side door at the couple’s home in Street Lane, Moortown, Leeds, where they were watching their grandchildren aged six, 14 and 17.

The three thugs threatened the couple with knives and demanded cash in the attack at around 10.50pm on Thursday.

Violence ensued and the 69-year-old grandfather suffered a head injury and cuts to his arm.

The grandmother, who is also 69, was struck in the face with what is believed to be the handle of a knife and suffered a suspected broken nose.

Both of them had to be taken to hospital for treatment.

The 17-year-old grandson, who was in the bathroom when the attackers burst in, was punched in the face as he tried to intervene.

He managed to lock himself back in the bathroom and raised the alarm by calling the police.

The two other grandchildren in the house at the time were not injured.

The attackers took just a laptop but they escaped in the family’s blue Vauxhall Vectra. It was later found abandoned only about 100 yards away in Moorland Grove.

Detectives are now appealing for help to trace the armed gang.

Det Insp Richard Holmes, from North East Leeds CID, described the incident as “disturbing” but insisted that such attacks were rare.

He said: “I would appeal to anyone living in the area who may have seen the suspects in the time leading up to the incident or witnessed any suspicious activity in the Moorland Grove area where the victims’ car was abandoned.

“Crimes of this type are very disturbing but remain fortunately rare in this area. Anyone with information, irrespective of how insignificant you feel it may be, is asked to get in touch.”

Police have issued a description of the men they are looking for.

The first is white, around 5ft 11in tall, of average build and spoke with a Leeds accent. The other two suspects are thought to be young white males.

Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Pete Yau at Stainbeck CID on 0845 60 60 606 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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