Thieves threatened family with a firearm during Dronfield house raid

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Police have issued an updated appeal for witnesses after men entered a house in Dronfield and threatened the owners and their children with a firearm.

The offenders struck on Thursday, March 19, at about 8pm, at the house on Stubley Lane, Dronfield.

One of the men kicked the home owner in the head and knocked him unconscious.

The adult victims were then tied up whilst a firearm was produced. Young children were present at the address at the time of the attack.

One of the men forced a child to accompany him during a search of the house.

The young child was threatened with the firearm which was pointed towards him during the search.

The men stole a quantity of cash and jewellery from the address before being disturbed by a caller.

When leaving the house they threatened a takeaway delivery driver and fled the scene in his car, a silver Nissan Almeria, which was later found abandoned.

Detective Inspector Greg McGill of Chesterfield CID said: “This attack involved young children being threatened by an armed gunman in their own home.

“All of the occupants were subjected to a terrifying attack and I am appealing for anybody with information to come forward and speak to us.

“This attack is especially abhorrent given the threats towards the children and the people responsible must be caught.”

The men are described as white with broad Sheffield accents. They were all in their late 20s to early 30s and were wearing tracksuits with the hoods worn up and face coverings.

Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Russ Garner on 101 quoting incident number 697 of March 19.

To report crime anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.