Village shock at violent burglary

A ‘SLEEPY’ village has been left shocked after a violent armed burglary in which a 65-year-old man was left with facial injuries.

A couple were threatened with knives by a pair of masked robbers during a raid on their Stanley village home.

Two shotguns were among the haul that the male and female burglars made off with after the terrifying raid on the Derby Road house on Sunday night.

The burglars, wearing what the victims described to police as ‘homemade’ masks with eye holes cut into them, forced the back door to the house between 11.15pm and 11.45pm.

The 65-year-old man was assaulted and suffered a cut to his face and other facial injuries after he and his wife were threatened with knives by the masked burglars.

One of the offenders kept watch over the couple while the second searched the property taking cash, cards, foreign currency, jewellery and the two shotguns.

Carol Batters, landlady of village pub the White Hart Inn, said: “Everybody is shocked.

“It’s quite a sleepy little village so it’s been quite a shock for everyone.”

She said that police have advised villagers, including Carol, to be vigilant.

“You don’t know if they could come back,” Carol added.

“I will be upping security here at the pub and I suggest everybody else in the village does the same.”

Detective Sergeant Sandra Gibbs of Erewash CID said: “This was a frightening incident for the couple involved and particularly out of character for this area.

“We think that the offenders have gone in with a view of taking cash and whatever else they could lay their hands on, which has included the shotguns.

“It is always a concern when firearms are stolen in this manner as you do not want them to fall into the wrong hands.

“I’d like to appeal to people who live in the area to think about whether they have seen anyone out of place or acting in a suspicious way or maybe someone has seen a vehicle.

“If so we’d like to hear from them.”

The offenders were described as being a man and a woman, white and in their twenties, both wearing masks and dark clothing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Erewash CID on 0345 123 33 33 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.