Axe gang robber jailed

Imran Aslam has been jailed for his part in a robbery which saw a mother threatened with an axe while her two young children were bathing upstairs.

Reason for terrifying axe raid on family still a mystery

The full background of a terrifying raid on a Redditch family, during which a mother was threatened with an axe, remains a mystery, detectives have revealed.

Imran Aslam, from Dudley, was one of four men who attacked a couple in their own home as their children were in the bath in July 2011 - but he has refused to cooperate with the police investigation into the incident.

Det Cons Lindsey Coleman, of West Mercia Police, said his lack of cooperation meant the reason behind the raid, and the identity of his partners, was still unknown.

She welcomed his eight-year prison sentence.

This incident was a terrifying ordeal for the family.

The gang were extremely aggressive, showing no regard for the fact that there were young children in the house and it has had a long term impact upon them all.

It has been a long and complex inquiry and while we still don’t know the full background to this incident, because Aslam has not spoken to us about that, we hope it gives the family some peace of mind that he has received a lengthy jail sentence.

Fortunately offences of this nature are extremely rare but when they do happen we will use all the resources available to us to bring offenders to justice.

– DC Lindsay Coleman, West Mercia Police

Gang threatened to cut off mother's hands in robbery

A mother-of-two was threatened with having both her hands cut off in front of her young children if she did not cooperate with a gang of robbers.

The woman, in her 30s, was punched, kicked and threatened at her home in Redditch while the two youngsters were in the bath.

Her partner was also attacked.

The gang stole watches, phones, cash and a Volkswagen Golf car after snatching the keys. The Golf was found dumped in Netherton in the early hours of the following day.

Only one of the four men has been caught. Imran Aslam, aged 30, of Buffery Road, Dudley, has been jailed for eight years after admitting two charges of robbery.

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Jail for robber who threatened mother with axe

A man has been jailed for his part in a terrifying robbery which saw a mother threatened with an axe while her two young children were bathing upstairs.

The woman and her partner, both in their 30s, were at home in Wirehill Drive, Redditch, in July 2011 when Dudley man Imran Aslam and three other masked men knocked on their front door.

Imran Aslam, from Dudley, was part of a gang which carried out the terrifying robbery in Redditch
Imran Aslam, from Dudley, was part of a gang which carried out the terrifying robbery in Redditch Credit: West Mercia Police

When the woman answered, they barged in, dragging her upstairs and kicking and punching her.

The couple's children were taking a bath and were ordered to stay in the bathroom while the gang raided the house for valuables.

Aslam, aged 30, of Buffery Road, Dudley, was jailed for eight years at Worcester Crown Court.