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UPDATED - knifepoint raid on house in Morley

Police have released this image of a man they want to speak to after a robbery in Morley.

Police have released this image of a man they want to speak to after a robbery in Morley.

 

Police are hunting a pair of robbers who subjected a woman and her granddaughter to a terrifying knifepoint raid.

The raiders turned up at a house on Wide Lane, Morley, at around 9.20am on Thursday wearing high-visibility jackets and claimed to be police officers.

Police said the 54-year-old female householder noticed one of them was carrying a screwdriver and duct tape and attempted to flee.

They grabbed her and threatened her with a knife before threatening to harm her granddaughter if she did not co-operate.

The victim was tied to a radiator in her bathroom as the pair made off with a “substantial” amount of jewellery and cash, police said.

Her granddaughter then found a mobile phone and the woman was able to raise the alarm.

The youngster’s 81-year-old great-grandmother was also at the property but was left alone by the raiders.

An e-fit image and a picture of a dark coloured Audi car have been issued by police.

The suspects were white and aged in their 20s. They were wearing dark clothing under their high-visibility jackets. One of the men is said to have particularly pale skin and blue eyes.

Det Insp Mark Swift, of Leeds District CID, said: “This is a serious offence in which a woman has been threatened with a knife and restrained in her own home, leaving her fortunately uninjured but understandably also deeply upset.

“I am appealing for information from anyone who may recognise the man pictured, saw two men outside the property wearing high-visibility jackets or who saw the suspect vehicle shortly after the incident.

“We would also like to speak to anyone who comes across the stolen jewellery or is offered it for sale.

“This was an unusual incident for the Morley area and we believe this was a targeted rather than a random attack.

“I want to reassure residents a number of active inquiries are under way and again appeal for anyone who can assist the investigation to contact us.”

Anyone with information is asked to get in touch with Leeds District CID on 0113 241 4642 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

 

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