Armed robbery Appleby

Detectives are investigating a robbery in Appleby, during which a 61 year old man was tied up and threatened.

Robbery update

Cumbria Police are continuing to investigate a robbery in Appleby, where a 61-year-old man was tied up and threatened.

Police were called to Station Road, at around 8.45pm last Friday (November 23rd).

The victim, a scrap metal dealer, was attacked by three men dressed in balaclavas and dark clothing, who entered the house wielding what’s described as baseball bats.

The man was tied up and assaulted but managed to escape and raise the alarm.

"The offenders fled and witnesses identified a vehicle - a green Ford Focus Estate - believed to have been involved in the offence, registration number S722 ABR.

"Also seen, one of the offenders was described as a white male, in his early 20s, approximately 5ft 8”, of slim build with short yellow/blond hair.

“From police inquiries, we have managed to seize the aforementioned vehicle in Bishop Auckland, County Durham.

"Inquiries as regards the ownership, usage and locations visited by the vehicle are on-going to identify the offenders."

– Detective Chief Inspector Lee Johnson, Cumbria Police

"There are similarities between this offence and the robbery that took place in Kendal on October 2, when a home at Castle Oval in Kendal was broken into and four males wearing masks entered the property.

"They tied the victims up and after making a thorough search of the house, made off with thousands of pounds worth of cash and various other items.

“I’d like to hear from witnesses who saw anybody acting suspiciously in and around Appleby between 7.30pm and 9.30pm on Friday, November 23, and also anyone who saw the green Ford Focus Estate car."

– Detective Chief Inspector Lee Johnson, Cumbria Police

Appleby attack

Detectives are investigating a robbery in Appleby. A 61 year old man was tied up and threatened.

The robbery happened on Friday 23rd November at 8:45 pm at a house in Station Road, Appleby.

Andy Burn has the full report:

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Armed robbery in Appleby: Witnesses sought

Detectives are investigating a robbery in Appleby. A 61 year old man was tied up and threatened.

The robbery happened on Friday 23rd November at 8:45 pm at a house in Station Road, Appleby.

Three men entered the house carrying weapons, they tied up the man, threatened him and demanded money.

The victim managed to escape and raise the alarm and the offenders fled the scene.

All of the offenders were dressed in dark clothing and were wearing balaclavas and gloves at the time.

The victim was left very distressed and upset by the ordeal.

Detective Chief Inspector Lee Johnson said:

“This was a frightening ordeal for the victim and we are making a number of enquiries of establish who was involved.

“We believe the offenders used a Green Ford Focus to drive to the location and we would appeal to anyone who seen this vehicle in the area to get in contact so that we can trace their movements.

“Anyone with any information is asked to contact Carlisle CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

– DCI Lee Johnson