Girls threatened with knife during masked raid on Burnley home

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Two girls aged 12 and 13 were threatened at knifepoint by masked raiders who broke into their home.

Detectives have launched an investigation after intruders broke into the property in Rossendale Road and stole more than £10,000 worth of jewellery.

Around 7-45pm yesterday police received a call from a 13-year-old girl saying that three masked men had broken into their house.

The intruders threatened the girl and her 12-year-old sister with a knife before putting them in a wardrobe while they searched the house.

When police arrived they had already made off with gold jewellery worth more than £10,000.

The two girls were left shaken but unhurt and they are being supported by specially trained officers. At the time of the incident the parents had just left to visit family nearby leaving the two girls home alone.

Det. Insp. Jim Elston, of Burnley police, said: “It is possible the offenders thought the house was empty at the time they forced entry but on realising the young girls were at home they could have left but instead they have threatened them with weapons, placed them in a wardrobe and then rummaged and searched the family home.

“Both girls reacted with great courage and showed resilience in what must have been a very frightening ordeal.

“We are now hunting these offenders and I would appeal for anyone with any information to get in touch with us.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting log number 1119 of Monday, February 3rd.