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.”
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