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Armed Robbery Investigation

Deborah Leadbetter with partner Richard Barnfather Photo: West Mercia Police

Businessman Richard Barnfather and his fiancé Deborah Leadbetter were tied up, threatened and beaten by 3 masked men armed with a gun at their home in Lower Rudge near Pattingham on Friday 9th March.

The raiders stole around £50,000 worth of jewellery and 3 luxury cars including an Aston Martin, Range Rover and a Mercedes.

Jewellery stolen includes a diamond solitaire ring engagement ring worth £25,000, a bracelet with diamonds all the way around, a Breitling watch; a Cartier silver watch, and a heart-shaped platinum and diamond necklace. A purse containing cash cards and two Blackberry phones were also taken.

Diamond solitaire ring and diamond bracelet Credit: West Mercia Police
Cartier and Breitling watches Credit: West Mercia Police

The cars were all found abandoned in the Black Country. They were later discovered in Tipton, Smethwick and Wolverhampton.

This was a very frightening ordeal for the couple involved and we are making extensive enquiries to catch those responsible.

– DI Mark Bellamy, West Mercia Police

Police said one of the men had distinctive gold teeth and was carrying a gun. Further descriptions of the offenders can be found on the West Mercia Police website. A £14,000 thousand pound reward is being offered.

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