Knifepoint attack on woman in own Leeds home UPDATED

Police e-fit of the suspect
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POLICE were last night hunting a pair of robbers who tied up a woman and threatened to harm her four-year-old granddaughter during a terrifying knifepoint raid in Leeds.

The incident – thought to have been a targeted attack – took place at a house in Wide Lane, Morley, shortly after 9.20am on Thursday.

Two men arrived at the address wearing high-visibility jackets and claiming to be police officers with news about a relative.

As they came into the property, however, the 54-year-old female occupier noticed one of them was carrying a screwdriver and duct tape.

She attempted to flee but the men grabbed hold of her and threatened her with a knife.

Her young granddaughter was also in the house and the robbers told the woman they were prepared to harm the child if she did not co-operate.

The victim was left tied to a radiator in her bathroom as the pair made off with a “substantial” amount of jewellery and cash.

Her granddaughter then came to her aid by finding a mobile phone which the woman used to raise the alarm.

The youngster’s 81-year-old great-grandmother was also at the property but was left alone by the raiders.

An e-fit image and a picture of a dark coloured Audi car were yesterday issued by police.

The suspects are described as white and aged in their 20s. They were wearing dark clothing under their high-visibility jackets. One of the men is said to have particularly pale skin and blue eyes.

Leeds District CID’s Det Insp Mark Swift said: “This is a serious offence in which a woman has been threatened with a knife and restrained in her own home, leaving her fortunately uninjured but understandably also deeply upset.

“I am appealing for information from anyone who may recognise the man pictured, saw two men outside the property wearing high-visibility jackets or who saw the suspect vehicle shortly after the incident.

“We would also like to speak to anyone who comes across the stolen jewellery or is offered it for sale.”

Det Insp Swift added: “This was an unusual incident for the Morley area and we believe this was a targeted rather than a random attack.

“I want to reassure residents a number of active inquiries are under way and again appeal for anyone who can assist the investigation to contact us.”

Wide Lane is a mainly residential street that runs between the A653 Dewsbury Road and Middleton Road.

Anyone with information is asked to get in touch with Leeds District CID on 0113 241 4642 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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