Raiders subject family to knife and axe terror in their home

AXE-WIELDING robbers fled with only a ring after attacking a man in his home in Dewsbury last Thursday.

Three men broke into the property on Staincliffe Road at 11.20pm but woke a sleeping family.

A woman hid in a bedroom with children aged 12 and 13 while her partner went to investigate noises.

He was confronted by two robbers wearing balaclavas, who demanded money and jewellery.

A struggle broke out as the householder tried to prevent the intruders going upstairs.

One of the men armed with an axe swung it towards him but the victim tried to grab his wrist to stop repeated blows.

As he did so, the second robber tried to stab him in the neck with a knife, but missed.

During the altercation a silver Gucci man’s ring was pulled from the occupant’s finger, after which his attackers fled to a silver Volvo estate car with a third robber who had been searching downstairs.

One suspect is tall, slim and was wearing a black balaclava, a dark zip-up jacket, light-coloured jeans and dark workman-style gloves.

Det Insp Mark Truelove said: “Fortunately the victim suffered only a minor graze to the left side of his head.

“Although his partner and children were unhurt and remained upstairs while the assault took place, they were understandably very upset and frightened.

“I would like to reassure the public that armed incidents of this nature are extremely rare.

“Anyone who saw a silver estate vehicle either on Staincliffe Road or on Healds Road around the time of the offence may hold vital information.”

The Volvo’s registration was LV02 XDM. Anyone with information can call Kirklees CID on 101.

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