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Pregnant Blackburn mum and child held by hooded knifemen

Lancashire Telegraph: Raiders entered a house in Edith Street, Blackburn, from the rear and brandished a knife Raiders entered a house in Edith Street, Blackburn, from the rear and brandished a knife

ARMED robbers burst into a Blackburn home where a seven-month pregnant woman was asleep upstairs with her three-year-old son.

The balaclava-clad men grabbed a large black-handled butcher’s knife and a screwdriver from the kitchen after breaking in through the back door.

The horrified mum said the robbers ransacked her home and demanded gold and cash. When they realised the woman, of Edith Street in the Audley Range area, did not have what they were looking for, they left empty handed.

The 26-year-old victim said she had been left ‘terrified’ by the ordeal. She said: “The fact that they managed to get in and into my bedroom is scary.

“It is lucky I woke up when I did, there is no telling what might have happened.”

The woman said her husband was at work at the time of the attack, which happened around 1pm on Wednesday.

She had just put her son down for a nap after a morning at nursery and lay down on the bed with him.

The victim said: “I heard the doors opening and I put my head around to see if it was my husband coming home early.

“But the robbers were already upstairs. I saw the knife in one of the men’s hands and then I got back onto the bed with my son.

“My main thought was keeping my son safe. I just wanted them to leave.”

The woman said that once the men realised she did not have any money or jewellery, they left.

She said: “It is terrifying to think someone has come up to your bedroom and invaded your privacy.

“It has really affected my son. He is getting quite scared when there are strange people coming into the house.

“It has taken a while for me to settle him down. “I do not want this to stay with him for the rest of his life.

“I would ask anybody who knows the men to tell the police. “They were both non-Asian and in their late teens or early 20s.

“It is not fair, they would not want this to happen to a member of their family. Nobody should have to go through this.”

One neighbour said she had gone to check on her friend after hearing about the attack.

The 53-year-old said: “My neighbour was very, very calm, but she was in shock when I saw her.

“We are usually very safe around here with a good community spirit.”

Yakub Kherodia, 66, who also lives in Edith Street, said: “I saw police cars across the road.

“It is very worrying this has happened in our street.”

Det Sgt Tim McDermott, of Blackburn CID, said the robbers were described as being of medium build and around 5ft 5ins tall.

They had local accents. He said: “The victim in this crime was absolutely terrified.

It is difficult to imagine how frightening it would be to be confronted by masked intruders in these circumstances.

“It is a cowardly attack on a vulnerable victim. “I believe it is likely that someone will know or suspect who has committed this offence and would urge them to tell the police.

“I would also appeal to anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area of Edith Street around the time of the offence.

“Police patrols in the area have been stepped up with the local neighbourhood team and detectives are working to trace and arrest the offenders”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log number 0594 of March 26 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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7:37am Fri 28 Mar 14

ikap22 says...

Cowardly scum of the earth.
Cowardly scum of the earth. ikap22
  • Score: 36

8:33am Fri 28 Mar 14

useyourhead says...

These kind of robberies are becoming scarily frequent, and always seems to be lone women or women with small children, so they must have been watched and selected, which to me is the creepiest bit about such incidents.
Total cowards of the lowest order.
These kind of robberies are becoming scarily frequent, and always seems to be lone women or women with small children, so they must have been watched and selected, which to me is the creepiest bit about such incidents. Total cowards of the lowest order. useyourhead
  • Score: 37

10:25am Fri 28 Mar 14

Benpupdog says...

What is non Asian, Chinese, West Indian, Native American, European ???
What is non Asian, Chinese, West Indian, Native American, European ??? Benpupdog
  • Score: 11

10:36am Fri 28 Mar 14

sen c b l says...

Benpupdog wrote:
What is non Asian, Chinese, West Indian, Native American, European ???
Look in the mirror, you'll see one !
[quote][p][bold]Benpupdog[/bold] wrote: What is non Asian, Chinese, West Indian, Native American, European ???[/p][/quote]Look in the mirror, you'll see one ! sen c b l
  • Score: 8

11:03am Fri 28 Mar 14

NevaStop says...

This is happening way too often in Blackburn....scary and people are now scared for the families at work. What are the police actually doing to catch these people? think we need to partol the streets ourselves...or get a shotgun. I could not stand the anguish my mum would feel if someone broke into her house and put i knife to her.
This is happening way too often in Blackburn....scary and people are now scared for the families at work. What are the police actually doing to catch these people? think we need to partol the streets ourselves...or get a shotgun. I could not stand the anguish my mum would feel if someone broke into her house and put i knife to her. NevaStop
  • Score: 18

1:05pm Fri 28 Mar 14

ikap22 says...

Benpupdog wrote:
What is non Asian, Chinese, West Indian, Native American, European ???
It means white, simple non Asian. There's hardly any foreigners here besides white people. So the scum's are white I knew it as soon as I read the headlines. Deport the scroungers.
[quote][p][bold]Benpupdog[/bold] wrote: What is non Asian, Chinese, West Indian, Native American, European ???[/p][/quote]It means white, simple non Asian. There's hardly any foreigners here besides white people. So the scum's are white I knew it as soon as I read the headlines. Deport the scroungers. ikap22
  • Score: 15

4:34pm Fri 28 Mar 14

mavrick says...

The police have had their numbers and resources cut and there is more to come. So I will not be surprised to see people patrolling their own streets.
The police have had their numbers and resources cut and there is more to come. So I will not be surprised to see people patrolling their own streets. mavrick
  • Score: 3

5:23pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Steven Seagull says...

sen c b l wrote:
Benpupdog wrote:
What is non Asian, Chinese, West Indian, Native American, European ???
Look in the mirror, you'll see one !
How do you know he's non Asian Sen?
[quote][p][bold]sen c b l[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Benpupdog[/bold] wrote: What is non Asian, Chinese, West Indian, Native American, European ???[/p][/quote]Look in the mirror, you'll see one ![/p][/quote]How do you know he's non Asian Sen? Steven Seagull
  • Score: -4

5:25pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Steven Seagull says...

NevaStop wrote:
This is happening way too often in Blackburn....scary and people are now scared for the families at work. What are the police actually doing to catch these people? think we need to partol the streets ourselves...or get a shotgun. I could not stand the anguish my mum would feel if someone broke into her house and put i knife to her.
Get a shotgun.....really? Cos that would help wouldn't it? Armed vigilantes roaming our streets.

Maybe you should go and live in America pal.
[quote][p][bold]NevaStop[/bold] wrote: This is happening way too often in Blackburn....scary and people are now scared for the families at work. What are the police actually doing to catch these people? think we need to partol the streets ourselves...or get a shotgun. I could not stand the anguish my mum would feel if someone broke into her house and put i knife to her.[/p][/quote]Get a shotgun.....really? Cos that would help wouldn't it? Armed vigilantes roaming our streets. Maybe you should go and live in America pal. Steven Seagull
  • Score: 6

6:43pm Fri 28 Mar 14

sen c b l says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
sen c b l wrote:
Benpupdog wrote:
What is non Asian, Chinese, West Indian, Native American, European ???
Look in the mirror, you'll see one !
How do you know he's non Asian Sen?
The clue is in the name, and did not receive a reply!
For your type it's impossible to engage cells, and I mean brain cells. In your case it's Dura'cells running a bit flat.
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sen c b l[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Benpupdog[/bold] wrote: What is non Asian, Chinese, West Indian, Native American, European ???[/p][/quote]Look in the mirror, you'll see one ![/p][/quote]How do you know he's non Asian Sen?[/p][/quote]The clue is in the name, and did not receive a reply! For your type it's impossible to engage cells, and I mean brain cells. In your case it's Dura'cells running a bit flat. sen c b l
  • Score: -1

9:05pm Fri 28 Mar 14

woolywords says...

Don't we live in strange times?
We have to secure our homes, making virtual prisoners of ourselves in our fortified homes, as armed criminals roam the streets. Something is seriously wrong here and it needs addressing as soon as possible.
And I don't care what colour you are, your home is supposed to be a place of safety for your family, while you are out earning a crust to feed them on.
Don't we live in strange times? We have to secure our homes, making virtual prisoners of ourselves in our fortified homes, as armed criminals roam the streets. Something is seriously wrong here and it needs addressing as soon as possible. And I don't care what colour you are, your home is supposed to be a place of safety for your family, while you are out earning a crust to feed them on. woolywords
  • Score: 10

12:10am Sat 29 Mar 14

ikap22 says...

woolywords wrote:
Don't we live in strange times?
We have to secure our homes, making virtual prisoners of ourselves in our fortified homes, as armed criminals roam the streets. Something is seriously wrong here and it needs addressing as soon as possible.
And I don't care what colour you are, your home is supposed to be a place of safety for your family, while you are out earning a crust to feed them on.
Bottom line is when these scum bag's are ever caught, screw the human rights. Bring back the capital punishment.
[quote][p][bold]woolywords[/bold] wrote: Don't we live in strange times? We have to secure our homes, making virtual prisoners of ourselves in our fortified homes, as armed criminals roam the streets. Something is seriously wrong here and it needs addressing as soon as possible. And I don't care what colour you are, your home is supposed to be a place of safety for your family, while you are out earning a crust to feed them on.[/p][/quote]Bottom line is when these scum bag's are ever caught, screw the human rights. Bring back the capital punishment. ikap22
  • Score: 4

4:34pm Sat 29 Mar 14

thoroughbred says...

and I thought I would be safe when double glazed windows and doors were introduced to the UK, did they happen to have a key?
and I thought I would be safe when double glazed windows and doors were introduced to the UK, did they happen to have a key? thoroughbred
  • Score: 2

10:04pm Sat 29 Mar 14

mark anthony says...

Think about it. It's not rocket science!!
Think about it. It's not rocket science!! mark anthony
  • Score: -1

10:11pm Sat 29 Mar 14

blackburner1981 says...

My first time to comment here, I have reported to the police gypsies, coming to our area and taking things without asking, I quoted number plate and all, one week later, same truck, same guy doing same thing, welcome to England mr we are not in America, police and justice system in the uk had become useless, if it is not parking speeding or seat belt no one is interested ,
My first time to comment here, I have reported to the police gypsies, coming to our area and taking things without asking, I quoted number plate and all, one week later, same truck, same guy doing same thing, welcome to England mr we are not in America, police and justice system in the uk had become useless, if it is not parking speeding or seat belt no one is interested , blackburner1981
  • Score: 2

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