Terrifying raid on family home by robbers armed with machete and sawn-off shotgun

Armed robbers used a sawn-off shotgun and machete in a terrifying raid on a home in New Farnley
Armed robbers used a sawn-off shotgun and machete in a terrifying raid on a home in New Farnley
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A family was subjected to a terrifying ordeal when their home was attacked by armed robbers.

The gang of four masked men forced their way into the house in New Farnley armed with what appeared to be a sawn-off shotgun and machete late on Tuesday night.

The men confronted two women in the house, aged 36 and 57 and made everyone else - three children eight, 10 and 12 - and a 64-year-old man get out of bed.

They tied up the man and demanded to know where the safe was.

Both women and the 12-year-old girl were assaulted and pushed around and the older woman had jewellery pulled from her wrist.

The two women were later treated for minor injuries.

The men searched the house on Low Moor Side Lane before taking a safe containing jewellery.

They stole a blue Volvo V70 estate from the driveway to make their getaway, dumping an iPhone stolen during the robbery some distance away in Back Lane.

The stolen Volvo was found abandoned around 5am in Broadlands Court, Pudsey.

Police said the victims had been left badly traumatised by what was clearly a “planned and targeted” raid.

Detective Sergeant Al Burns, of Leeds District Crime Team, appealed for information.

He said: “This was an absolutely terrifying ordeal for this family to be confronted and attacked by armed men who had broken into their home late at night.

“There were young children involved and the victims have been left very badly traumatised. This was clearly an offence that was planned and targeted at this family.

“We are carrying out extensive enquiries and would like to hear from anyone who has any information that could assist the investigation.

“We are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen the men acting suspiciously in the area or saw them dumping the car in Broadlands Court in Pudsey. The safe has not yet been recovered and we would like to hear from anyone who has found it.”

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