Knife ordeal grandmother speaks of home invasion terror

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The 49-year-old grandmother who was left shaken and hysterical after three men burst into her daughter’s house brandishing knives has spoken of her terrifying ordeal.

The woman was babysitting her two grandchildren, aged six and two, at the house in Redruth Street when the men came in through the back door at 11pm on Wednesday.

“I was sitting in the living room and had just watched ‘Big Brother’,” she said. “My daughter and her partner had been out visiting their poorly baby at the hospital. I had been expecting them back so when I heard voices in the kitchen I just thought it was them. I didn’t even look around. Then suddenly there were these three men stood there with knives telling me to ‘stay still and remain calm’. They said if I kept calm I wouldn’t be harmed. I was anything but calm.”

All three men were brandishing long-bladed knives. One of them began repeatedly asking the victim: “Where are the drugs?”

“I was absolutely terrified,” she said. “The knives were really strange, ornamental and they all had big blades. I didn’t have a clue what they were talking about. I said there are no drugs here. Then one of them started to go upstairs, where the children were and that’s when I began screaming. I told them to get out and then they said ‘fair enough, we have the wrong house’. I was hysterical. If they had arrived a few minutes later then my daughter’s partner could well have been taking me home and it could have been my daughter alone in the house. The thought of that terrifies me.”

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.

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