Police in Cumbria are appealing for witnesses after an elderly couple were tied up and robbed in their own home.
The robbery happened on Tuesday 2nd Octboer at castle Oval in Kendal. The couple's home was broken into by four men wearing masks carrying a crow bar.
The couple were tied up and thousands of pounds worth of cash were stolen along with other items.
Police believe the couple were specifically targeted. he group wore masks but one male has been described as having a north east accent.
After about quarter of an hour the couple managed to free themselves and raise the alarm with a neighbour.
Cumbria police have now widened their search to the north east.
Detective Sergeant Mark Kerley said:
“Detectives have been working alongside police officers in other forces and will continue their enquiries there, as well as in Cumbria.
“My team of officers have been working to support the family and uncover any new information that could help us identify exactly who has targeted this couple and why. There is a reason that this group chose to break into this home in particular – and we are dedicated to finding answers so that we can identify these callous criminals and take them off the streets.
“A frightening incident like this is highly unusual for Kendal and it has understandably shocked neighbours and the local community. We have high visibility patrols operating throughout the area to offer reassurance and police officers have been doing a leaflet drop in the vicinity to inform local people of what has happened, reassure them that we don’t believe that this was a random crime and provide information on how they can best stay safe.
“Overall crime in Kendal is low and we are working hard to ensure it stays that way. Police along with the community won’t tolerate violent incidents like this happening in our town - and we know that local people may have information that could help lead us to the offenders. If you were in the area of Castle Oval on Tuesday evening and saw any vehicles, males or anything that seemed out of the ordinary, please call Kendal CID on 101.”
Enquiries are ongoing, some firearms officers were deployed as a precautionary measure as some witnesses stated that a weapon may have been involved in the earlier attempted robbery. At no time during this operation was there a danger to the wider public.
Enquiries continue to establish the full circumstances into the incident and it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time. We would appeal to anyone who has any information to contact us or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
The police in Dumfries are hunting for three men after an attempted robbery. It happened at a flat in Kirkpatrick Court at four o'clock in the morning (Mon 27th August). The men, wearing dark clothes and hooded tops, threatened the occupants and demanded money.
The police have launched a large search in the town. A spokesman for the force said:
"Officers have obtained information that the males responsible...may be in the Terregles Road area and are currently involved in an operation to trace them. Police are keen to stress that there is no threat to the public and enquiries are ongoing at this time."
Cumbria police have confirmed they have arrested a man this morning (Wednesday 29th February) in connection with the robbery at The Cumberland Building Society in Sillioth on Monday 27th February 2012. A 25 year old man who is from West Cumbria is currently helping police with their enquiries.
He was arrested during the early hours of this morning in the Lancaster area on suspicion of robbery and has been taken into police custody.
At lunchtime on Monday Cumbria police were called after reports a young male wearing a balaclava entered the Building Society and threatened a female member of staff with a knife before making off with some contents of a till.
Fortunately, no-one was injured during the incident.