New appeal over family knife-point robbery

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Police have made a fresh appeal for information nearly two years after a Buxton family were robbed at knife-point in their own home by a group of five men.

Around 5.30pm on November 19, 2013, offenders burst into the home on Springdale and held the terrified family captive before stealing jewellery.

The group searched the house before forcing the man to drive to his workplace on the Staden Lane Industrial Estate in his white Mercedes.

The children, two aged 12 and one aged eight, were tied up with cable ties and stayed in the house with three of the offenders.

Further property was stolen and the suspects then returned to the house where the man was reunited with the children.

The offenders, who were wearing balaclavas and dark clothing, drove off in the Mercedes and the family’s silver Toyota Rav 4, both of which were later found abandoned in Buxton.

The Mercedes was found on Fernway, in Harpur Hill, the following day.

Officers later spoke to a witness who saw three Asian men acting suspiciously in the area.

The wife of the businessman said at the time: “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 50 years, and we have worked very hard for what we have. Our lives will never be the same from now on.”

Detective Chief Inspector Gareth Meadows added: “This was a 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.

“It appears to have been a targeted crime against a local businessman rather than a random attack. This type of offence is extremely unusual in Derbyshire and particularly for the High Peak so it is vital that we find the offenders.

This week a spokesperson for Derbyshire Police said: “Ten men and one woman were arrested and questioned in connection with the robbery at a house on Springdale, Buxton and at premises on the Staden Lane Industrial Estate in November 2013.

“A thorough and lengthy investigation was carried out and file of evidence was sent to the Crown Prosecution Service but no charges were brought against anyone.

“Anyone who has information about the robbery, who has not already come forward, can contact police on 101.”