Terror of children held captive at knifepoint

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Detectives investigating a robbery in which five men burst into a Buxton home armed with knives and held a family captive before stealing jewellery are appealing for help from the public.

The robbery happened at about 5.30pm on Tuesday November 19 when a man and three children were held captive at a property on Springdale.

Offenders searched the house and stole the family’s jewellery 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, in the early evening of Wednesday November 20. Officers later spoke to a witness who saw three Asian men acting suspiciously in the area. The Toyota was discovered on Nursery Lane in Burbage, on Thursday November 21.

The wife of the businessman, who was out at the time of the robbery, said: “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 are extremely grateful to have had wonderful support from our family and friends as well as the police and the children’s schools.

“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.

“We really appeal to anyone to think and imagine what we have been through as a family, particularly our small children, and we appeal for people with any information to come forward and speak to the police.”

Detective Chief Inspector Gareth Meadows, who is leading the investigation, 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.

“It’s important that anyone who knows anything about this crime contacts us immediately. We’d like to hear from anyone who was in the Springdale area of the town or on the Staden Lane Industrial Estate between 4pm and 9.30pm last Tuesday.”

Anyone with any information on the robbery should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.