Burglars brandish meat cleaver

Crime story
Crime story

A DAD had a meat cleaver held menacingly over him after intruders broke into his home, forcing his two children to barricade themselves in their room.

However, his 16-year-old daughter, despite being terrified, still managed to call the police causing the thieves to flee empty-handed.

It happened at the family’s home on Chepstow Grove in Leigh at around 10pm on Sunday (September 21).

The dad, 46, had just returned to his house with his 10-year-old son having dropped his wife off at work. The couple’s 16-year-old daughter was already at the house.

About 15 minutes later, the dad was startled to see two masked men stood in the hallway, one of whom was brandishing an 18-inch machete with a moulded yellow plastic handle.

The duo barged into the kitchen and demanded to know where he kept his money. When they failed to find any, the thief brandishing the weapon held the machete threateningly over his head.

While this was happening, the young son came downstairs having heard the commotion. After seeing his dad being threatened, one of the thieves caught his eye and motioned for the young boy to return upstairs.

He did so, and barricaded himself into his sister’s room. She then called the police on her mobile phone. One of the intruders tried to get into the room, but when she heard the girl on the phone to police, he and his accomplice fled empty-handed.

The first thief is described as white, about 6ft 2in tall, in his mid-20s with bright blue eyes and wearing dark clothing and a balaclava. The other man was carrying the meat cleaver and was said to be also white, slightly shorter and wearing very similar clothing.

Detective Constable Claire Hughes said: “It was thanks to poise and bravery shown by this young girl, in the face of genuinely terrifying circumstances, that these intruders escaped empty-handed.

“Faced with the prospect of men brandishing a machete bursting into her room, she used her mobile phone to call the police which was enough to scare these cowards off and caused them to flee.

“The entire family have been subjected to a horrendous, frightening ordeal and thankfully none were physically attacked or injured. Nevertheless, anyone who themselves has suffered at the hands of burglars will know just how upsetting it is to have the sanctity of their homes invaded in such a way.

“I would appeal to anyone who has information about this incident to come forward. We need to find the culprits as they are clearly dangerous individuals with access to weapons so if anyone does have information, please speak to us, in confidence if needed.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.