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."
"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."
More top news
Kerrie brings you Saturday's forecast for Cumbria & The Scottish Borders
Another cold and icy night but cloudier, wetter, windier and milder from the west by dawn
Icy patches will be a hazard on some untreated roads, pavements & paths. Some injuries are possible from slips and falls on icy surfaces