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Children threatened with a knife during Burnley jewellery raid

Lancashire Telegraph: Children threatened with knives during Burnley jewellery raid Children threatened with knives during Burnley jewellery raid

DETECTIVES have launched an investigation after masked intruders broke into a house in Burnley and stole thousands of pounds worth of jewellery.

At about 7.45pm yesterday (Monday, February 3rd) police received a call from a 13 year old girl saying that three masked men had broken into their house on Rossendale Road, Burnley by climbing through a window.

The intruders threatened the girl and her 12 year old sister with a knife before putting them in a wardrobe while they searched the house.

While police arrived at the address around five minutes after the 999 call, the offenders had already made off with gold jewellery worth more than £10,000 and they are now being hunted.

The two girls were left shaken but unhurt and they are being supported by specially trained officers. At the time of the incident the parents had just left to visit family nearby leaving the two girls home alone.

Detective Inspector Jim Elston, of Burnley Police, said: “It is possible the offenders thought the house was empty at the time they forced entry but on realising the young girls were at home they could have left but instead they have threatened them with weapons, placed them in a wardrobe and then rummaged and searched the family home.

“Both girls reacted with great courage and showed resilience in what must have been a very frightening ordeal.

“We are now hunting these offenders and I would appeal for anyone with any information to get in touch with us.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting log number 1119 of Monday, February 3rd.

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5:07pm Tue 4 Feb 14

onsidecobra says...

Why do people keep more than £10,000 worth of golden jewellery in their home? Put it in a safe place and sleep peacefully at night. Hope the young girls are OK and haven't been too traumatised by the scum that climbed through the window.
Why do people keep more than £10,000 worth of golden jewellery in their home? Put it in a safe place and sleep peacefully at night. Hope the young girls are OK and haven't been too traumatised by the scum that climbed through the window. onsidecobra
  • Score: 10

5:20pm Tue 4 Feb 14

crusade to find the truth from the brown stuff says...

That is 3 big hard scary men who have targeted a house with kids in and traumatised them, what scum bags do that to kids, sure the 3 mens families will be really proud if them when they appear in a court room! Hope police catch them and girls don't suffer with long term trauma
That is 3 big hard scary men who have targeted a house with kids in and traumatised them, what scum bags do that to kids, sure the 3 mens families will be really proud if them when they appear in a court room! Hope police catch them and girls don't suffer with long term trauma crusade to find the truth from the brown stuff
  • Score: 11

7:50pm Tue 4 Feb 14

hunter3062 says...

what on earth are parents doing leaving two young children alone in a house?? oh i forgot this is burnley and it seems the norm to put children at risk, no excuses lucky this time next time may not be..be ashamed very ashamed..
what on earth are parents doing leaving two young children alone in a house?? oh i forgot this is burnley and it seems the norm to put children at risk, no excuses lucky this time next time may not be..be ashamed very ashamed.. hunter3062
  • Score: -2

8:10pm Tue 4 Feb 14

andy1 says...

hunter3062 wrote:
what on earth are parents doing leaving two young children alone in a house?? oh i forgot this is burnley and it seems the norm to put children at risk, no excuses lucky this time next time may not be..be ashamed very ashamed..
One was 13 Im sure she would be capable at that age of looking after herself and two siblings for an hour or so. What an idiotic statement. Lets hope these three are soon caught.
[quote][p][bold]hunter3062[/bold] wrote: what on earth are parents doing leaving two young children alone in a house?? oh i forgot this is burnley and it seems the norm to put children at risk, no excuses lucky this time next time may not be..be ashamed very ashamed..[/p][/quote]One was 13 Im sure she would be capable at that age of looking after herself and two siblings for an hour or so. What an idiotic statement. Lets hope these three are soon caught. andy1
  • Score: 7

8:54pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Markus Spartacus says...

onsidecobra wrote:
Why do people keep more than £10,000 worth of golden jewellery in their home? Put it in a safe place and sleep peacefully at night. Hope the young girls are OK and haven't been too traumatised by the scum that climbed through the window.
Because if they have that amount of cash, it will affect their benefit claims. Turn it into gold and it is not taken into account. There have been stories in this paper where the value of gold allegedly stolen would exceed the value of the house. Something doesn't add up with these "raids". Got to find something to replace the "crash for cash" scam now that seems to have been shut down though........
[quote][p][bold]onsidecobra[/bold] wrote: Why do people keep more than £10,000 worth of golden jewellery in their home? Put it in a safe place and sleep peacefully at night. Hope the young girls are OK and haven't been too traumatised by the scum that climbed through the window.[/p][/quote]Because if they have that amount of cash, it will affect their benefit claims. Turn it into gold and it is not taken into account. There have been stories in this paper where the value of gold allegedly stolen would exceed the value of the house. Something doesn't add up with these "raids". Got to find something to replace the "crash for cash" scam now that seems to have been shut down though........ Markus Spartacus
  • Score: 13

2:15am Wed 5 Feb 14

mrcool says...

Markus Spartacus wrote:
onsidecobra wrote:
Why do people keep more than £10,000 worth of golden jewellery in their home? Put it in a safe place and sleep peacefully at night. Hope the young girls are OK and haven't been too traumatised by the scum that climbed through the window.
Because if they have that amount of cash, it will affect their benefit claims. Turn it into gold and it is not taken into account. There have been stories in this paper where the value of gold allegedly stolen would exceed the value of the house. Something doesn't add up with these "raids". Got to find something to replace the "crash for cash" scam now that seems to have been shut down though........
Don't know which one of you deserves the wooden spoon award here. Do either of you know the current price of gold at the moment? Gold jewellery (22ct) is approx £25 PER GRAM! So it doesn't take much to calculate that £10,000 isn't really that much. Not even half a kilo. Which isn't much considering most of this type of jewellery comes as a set of say 6 or 12 bracelets or chains. The majority of people have it as a result of buying decades ago, when it was relatively cheaper and the preferred gift at weddings. I've probably got ten times that amount lying around in my loft. So before you decide to pass judgement, put your brain in gear. On the other hand, your comments fit in with the general intelligence level of some of the posters on this site. Should have tried harder at school my friend.
[quote][p][bold]Markus Spartacus[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]onsidecobra[/bold] wrote: Why do people keep more than £10,000 worth of golden jewellery in their home? Put it in a safe place and sleep peacefully at night. Hope the young girls are OK and haven't been too traumatised by the scum that climbed through the window.[/p][/quote]Because if they have that amount of cash, it will affect their benefit claims. Turn it into gold and it is not taken into account. There have been stories in this paper where the value of gold allegedly stolen would exceed the value of the house. Something doesn't add up with these "raids". Got to find something to replace the "crash for cash" scam now that seems to have been shut down though........[/p][/quote]Don't know which one of you deserves the wooden spoon award here. Do either of you know the current price of gold at the moment? Gold jewellery (22ct) is approx £25 PER GRAM! So it doesn't take much to calculate that £10,000 isn't really that much. Not even half a kilo. Which isn't much considering most of this type of jewellery comes as a set of say 6 or 12 bracelets or chains. The majority of people have it as a result of buying decades ago, when it was relatively cheaper and the preferred gift at weddings. I've probably got ten times that amount lying around in my loft. So before you decide to pass judgement, put your brain in gear. On the other hand, your comments fit in with the general intelligence level of some of the posters on this site. Should have tried harder at school my friend. mrcool
  • Score: 5

10:18am Wed 5 Feb 14

LancsLass says...

Two stories on here that contradict each other this one says they were left alone while parents visited relatives nearby the other one says they were left while parents and 3 younger siblings visited family in royal blackburn hospital....which I would not class as nearby. I for one would not leave two girls 12 and 13 alone while I went from Burnley to Blackburn and visited a relative
Two stories on here that contradict each other this one says they were left alone while parents visited relatives nearby the other one says they were left while parents and 3 younger siblings visited family in royal blackburn hospital....which I would not class as nearby. I for one would not leave two girls 12 and 13 alone while I went from Burnley to Blackburn and visited a relative LancsLass
  • Score: 0

6:34pm Fri 7 Feb 14

hunter3062 says...

andy1 wrote:
hunter3062 wrote:
what on earth are parents doing leaving two young children alone in a house?? oh i forgot this is burnley and it seems the norm to put children at risk, no excuses lucky this time next time may not be..be ashamed very ashamed..
One was 13 Im sure she would be capable at that age of looking after herself and two siblings for an hour or so. What an idiotic statement. Lets hope these three are soon caught.
children are children so i guess from your statement your an idiotic parent who leaves young children home alone..wonder what you will say god forbid one has an accident or even worse.
[quote][p][bold]andy1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hunter3062[/bold] wrote: what on earth are parents doing leaving two young children alone in a house?? oh i forgot this is burnley and it seems the norm to put children at risk, no excuses lucky this time next time may not be..be ashamed very ashamed..[/p][/quote]One was 13 Im sure she would be capable at that age of looking after herself and two siblings for an hour or so. What an idiotic statement. Lets hope these three are soon caught.[/p][/quote]children are children so i guess from your statement your an idiotic parent who leaves young children home alone..wonder what you will say god forbid one has an accident or even worse. hunter3062
  • Score: 0

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