A reward of up to £25,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for a robbery carried out in Buxton, when a man and three children were held hostage at knifepoint.
The incident happened on Tuesday November 19 at around 5.30pm when five men yielding machetes and knives burst into a house on Springdale and held three children and the father of two of the children hostage.
The robbers searched the house and stole jewellery, before tying up the children, two aged 12 and one aged eight, with cable ties.
The father was then forced to drive two of the men to his place of work on the Staden Lane Industrial Estate, where gold bars, silver ingots, diamonds, wedding rings and other valuables were stolen.
Upon his return to the home address, the father and all the children were then barricaded into a walk-in wardrobe and told to wait at least an hour before they attempted to raise the alarm.
The suspects, who were wearing balaclavas and dark clothing, drove off in a Mercedes and the other family car, a silver Toyota Rav 4, which were both later found abandoned in Buxton.
The reward of up to £25,000 is being offered through Crimestoppers for information passed to the charity’s 0800 555 111 number that leads to an arrest and conviction of the people responsible for this crime.
A Crimestoppers spokesperson said: “This was a nightmare ordeal for this father and young children in the one place they should be allowed to feel safe – their home.
“Nobody should have to endure the events that occurred in Buxton, so anyone with information should do the right thing and contact Crimestoppers anonymously, safe in the knowledge that no one will ever know you contacted us.”
Detective Chief Inspector Gareth Meadows, who is leading the investigation, said: ““This was an horrendous ordeal for the man, his children and their friend who was visiting them.
“Although no-one was hurt, they were terrified by the men who committed this robbery.
““This type of offence is extremely unusual in Derbyshire and particularly for the High Peak so it is vital that we find the offenders.””
And the wife of the businessman, who was out at the time of the robbery, added: “We can’t believe that they would put my husband, our children and their friend through such an ordeal. The children are very frightened and they are still in shock.
“We have lived in and around Buxton all of our lives, some fifty years and we have worked very hard for what we have. Our lives will never be the same from now on.”
Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, to qualify for the reward. Alternatively, call Derbyshire police on 101.