CCTV footage appeal after armed robbery

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Detectives investigating an armed robbery in Buxton where a father and three children were held hostage are appealing for anyone with private CCTV footage of four key areas to come forward.

The locations are Springdale, off St John’s Road; Burbage Institute on Nursery Lane; Fernway in Harpur Hill and the Staden Lane Industrial Estate. Officers are also keen to speak to anyone who may have been in any of the four areas between 5.30pm and 8.30pm on Tuesday November 19, the day of the robbery.

At 5.30pm, five men wielding machetes and knives burst into a house on Springdale and held a man and three children hostage. They stole jewellery from the house before tying up the children, two aged 12 and one aged 8, with cable ties. The father of two of the children 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.

On returning to the home address, the family were barricaded into a walk-in wardrobe and told to wait at least an hour before calling police.

Detective Constable Ed Mellor said: “This truly was a terrifying, harrowing ordeal for the family. They remain shocked and disturbed by what occurred on Tuesday November 19 which is something no-one should ever have to experience in their lifetime.

“I cannot begin to imagine how long it will take for the family to feel safe again in their home and what sort of Christmas it will be this year for them all.

“I must however make it clear that from what we know so far that this was a targeted attack against a local businessman and his family, targeting specifically his professional livelihood, and there is little risk of similar attacks occurring within the Buxton and High Peak communities.”

Anyone with any information should contact the Derbyshire police incident room on 0300 1228606. A reward of up to £25,000 is on offer for information that is passed through to Crimestoppers that leads to an arrest and conviction of the people responsible for this crime by calling 0800 555 111.