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Children threatened with sledgehammer and tied up by armed masked men in Ribble Valley raid

Lancashire Telegraph: Children threatened with sledgehammer and tied up by armed masked men in Ribble Valley raid Children threatened with sledgehammer and tied up by armed masked men in Ribble Valley raid

A WOMAN and her two young children were tied up by armed masked men who burst into their home.

The robbers, who were armed with knives and wore skull masks, stole a number of firearms, including a pump action shotgun, a deer rifle, and a foxing rifle, as well as ammunition, in the Longrid- ge raid.

Police said the woman and her two sons, aged eight and ten, were threatened with a sledgehammer, and tied up with dressing gown cords.

The youngsters also witn-essed their mother being punched in the face.

The gang are believed to have made their getaway from the house, in Halfpenny Lane, in a white Transit van.

The incident happened shortly after 5.30pm on Tuesday, and Lancashire Police have launched an investigation.

Officers have been making door-to-door inquires, and asking neighbours if they saw anything suspic-ious between 3pm and 7pm on Tuesday.

The police have described the men as all wearing masks and gloves, and speaking with Liverpool accents.

They said that one of the men also had a snood covering his face.

Detective Inspector Paddy O’Neill said: “This must have been extremely traum- atic for the family involved and, thankfully, they were not seriously hurt.

“The offenders have stolen a number of firearms and ammunition, and I am concerned that they could make their way into general circ-ulation and be used for further criminality.

“I would appeal for any-one with any information to get in touch with us as a matter of urgency, so that we can try to recover these weapons.”

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9:41am Thu 13 Feb 14

GracesDad says...

Why were there so many weapons of death in this house? All I can think is: You play with fire, you're going to get burned.
Why were there so many weapons of death in this house? All I can think is: You play with fire, you're going to get burned. GracesDad
  • Score: -18

9:56am Thu 13 Feb 14

HarryBosch says...

This must have been extremely terrifying for the two young boys and their mother. I hope they make a full recovery from their ordeal. I trust the Police will give this crime a high priority. If these criminals are prepared to go to these lengths in pursuit of their criminal endeavours, God only knows what they have planned for these firearms.
Wishing the Police a speedy resolution.
This must have been extremely terrifying for the two young boys and their mother. I hope they make a full recovery from their ordeal. I trust the Police will give this crime a high priority. If these criminals are prepared to go to these lengths in pursuit of their criminal endeavours, God only knows what they have planned for these firearms. Wishing the Police a speedy resolution. HarryBosch
  • Score: 13

10:14am Thu 13 Feb 14

big spudz 85 says...

Why on earth would you have these types of wepons in a normal house hold. Lucky the two boys didt deside to play with them because it could of been worse. At least the kids can't get hold of them now.
Why on earth would you have these types of wepons in a normal house hold. Lucky the two boys didt deside to play with them because it could of been worse. At least the kids can't get hold of them now. big spudz 85
  • Score: -15

3:37pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Stone Island: says...

big spudz 85 wrote:
Why on earth would you have these types of wepons in a normal house hold. Lucky the two boys didt deside to play with them because it could of been worse. At least the kids can't get hold of them now.
It's something I wouldn't do. Then again, I wouldn't have an EIGHT STONE ILLEGAL PIT BULL in my house, either. I'd be worried about the children's safety.
[quote][p][bold]big spudz 85[/bold] wrote: Why on earth would you have these types of wepons in a normal house hold. Lucky the two boys didt deside to play with them because it could of been worse. At least the kids can't get hold of them now.[/p][/quote]It's something I wouldn't do. Then again, I wouldn't have an EIGHT STONE ILLEGAL PIT BULL in my house, either. I'd be worried about the children's safety. Stone Island:
  • Score: 13

8:02pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Legal Beagle says...

big spudz 85 wrote:
Why on earth would you have these types of wepons in a normal house hold. Lucky the two boys didt deside to play with them because it could of been worse. At least the kids can't get hold of them now.
It's not at all unusual for people who enjoy shooting to have such weapons in their house. They always have to make sure that they are well secured, however, so it's rather surprising that these villains were actually able to steal them.

With the greatest of respect I would guess that your acquaintance with the huntin', shootin' and fishin' fraternity has been somewhat limited.
[quote][p][bold]big spudz 85[/bold] wrote: Why on earth would you have these types of wepons in a normal house hold. Lucky the two boys didt deside to play with them because it could of been worse. At least the kids can't get hold of them now.[/p][/quote]It's not at all unusual for people who enjoy shooting to have such weapons in their house. They always have to make sure that they are well secured, however, so it's rather surprising that these villains were actually able to steal them. With the greatest of respect I would guess that your acquaintance with the huntin', shootin' and fishin' fraternity has been somewhat limited. Legal Beagle
  • Score: 3

8:18pm Thu 13 Feb 14

big spudz 85 says...

Well I'm not being funny but if I had wepons like thatcid be arrested so why is it ok for others to carry / hav them .
Well I'm not being funny but if I had wepons like thatcid be arrested so why is it ok for others to carry / hav them . big spudz 85
  • Score: -7

10:02pm Thu 13 Feb 14

noddy57 says...

whatever the crime and the value of the haul,,they are long gone,,wonder who it was who told the offenders about the armoury ?,,inside info of the highest order,,
whatever the crime and the value of the haul,,they are long gone,,wonder who it was who told the offenders about the armoury ?,,inside info of the highest order,, noddy57
  • Score: -3

10:25pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Stone Island: says...

Legal Beagle wrote:
big spudz 85 wrote:
Why on earth would you have these types of wepons in a normal house hold. Lucky the two boys didt deside to play with them because it could of been worse. At least the kids can't get hold of them now.
It's not at all unusual for people who enjoy shooting to have such weapons in their house. They always have to make sure that they are well secured, however, so it's rather surprising that these villains were actually able to steal them.

With the greatest of respect I would guess that your acquaintance with the huntin', shootin' and fishin' fraternity has been somewhat limited.
A bit like his intelligence; limited.
[quote][p][bold]Legal Beagle[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]big spudz 85[/bold] wrote: Why on earth would you have these types of wepons in a normal house hold. Lucky the two boys didt deside to play with them because it could of been worse. At least the kids can't get hold of them now.[/p][/quote]It's not at all unusual for people who enjoy shooting to have such weapons in their house. They always have to make sure that they are well secured, however, so it's rather surprising that these villains were actually able to steal them. With the greatest of respect I would guess that your acquaintance with the huntin', shootin' and fishin' fraternity has been somewhat limited.[/p][/quote]A bit like his intelligence; limited. Stone Island:
  • Score: 6

3:00am Fri 14 Feb 14

Steven Seagull says...

big spudz 85 wrote:
Well I'm not being funny but if I had wepons like thatcid be arrested so why is it ok for others to carry / hav them .
Are you pretending or are you really this thick?

Never heard or firearms or shotgun certificates?

Never heard or clay pigeon shooting or vermin control?


You shouldn't be allowed to carry a biro pen let alone a firearm.
[quote][p][bold]big spudz 85[/bold] wrote: Well I'm not being funny but if I had wepons like thatcid be arrested so why is it ok for others to carry / hav them .[/p][/quote]Are you pretending or are you really this thick? Never heard or firearms or shotgun certificates? Never heard or clay pigeon shooting or vermin control? You shouldn't be allowed to carry a biro pen let alone a firearm. Steven Seagull
  • Score: 8

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