Armed men terrorise Burnley grandmother

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A woman was left fearing for her life after being confronted in her daughter’s home by a trio of knife-wielding men.

The 49-year-old grandmother was looking after her two grandchildren, aged six and two, at the house in Redruth Street when the men burst in through the back door at 11pm on Wednesday.

The men told the woman to ‘stay still and remain calm’ as the terrifying ordeal unfolded but when they began making their way upstairs, to where the two children were asleep, she screamed at them to ‘get out’. They left without taking anything.

One of the offenders is described as white, late teens/early twenties, 5ft 9ins, slim build with short brown hair. He spoke with a local accent. The second man was white, older and taller than the first man and had short brown hair while the third is described as white, 5ft 9ins and of a broad build.

Det. Sgt Alisa Wilson, from Burnley CID, said: “Despite the woman being physically unhurt and at no point was she threatened, this was a traumatic incident for her and the occupants of the house who have all been left very shaken.

“I would like to reassure local residents that I believe this was an isolated targeted incident and ask for anyone with any information about it to come forward.

“I am particularly interested in anyone who saw the offenders loitering in the area or who may have witnessed the men entering the property to contact us.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log 1153 of January 7th.

Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org.

POLICE are appealing for information after three men entered a residential property on a Burnley Street brandishing knives.

At around 11pm on Wednesday (7 January 2015), the men have gained entry to the rear of a house on Redruth Street, Burnley.

They have walked into the kitchen holding the knives and spoke to a female family member of the occupant, who was out at the time whilst the woman was looking after her two children.

The men then have then left.