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Machete wielding robbers steal a dozen watches, a Samurai sword and a cross bow

Redditch Editorial 14th Sep, 2017

ARMED robbers threatened a woman with a machete before stealing a Samurai sword and a cross bow in Redditch.

Between 9.17pm and 9.34pm on September 1) the gang of three or four men, all dressed in black with their faces covered, broke into a house on Sedgley Close, Redditch, via a back door.

Once inside, the men demanded money from the victim, a woman in her 20s, and threatened her with a machete.

One of the robbers was carrying a machete knife and it is believed another was carrying a gun

They ransacked the house before stealing an LG smart TV, a decorative samurai sword, a small black plastic crossbow and approximately 12 watches from the property before leaving.

While exiting the property they also forced entry to a shed, although nothing is believed to have been taken, before leaving by car in an unknown direction.

DC Tom Pritchard of Kidderminster CID said: “I’d like to reassure members of the community that incidents such as this are rare, and we have had officers in the area conducting enquiries and providing reassurance.

“The victim was thankfully unhurt as a result, but has been left understandably shaken by her ordeal.

“We are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident or seen suspicious activity in the area to contact us and also urge anyone who may have been offered any of the stolen items for sale to call us, as they could have important information to help with our investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to call West Mercia Police on 101, quoting incident number 880s of 1 September.

Alternatively anyone with information can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

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