Masked raiders target couple’s home: police appeal

Firthland Road, Pickering
Firthland Road, Pickering

Police in Pickering are appealing for information following a burglary at a house in Firthland Road.

Officers were called at around 8.40pm on the evening of Monday after three men wearing balaclavas followed a man into his house as he was returning home, before they punched him and demanded money from him.

The men also threatened the man’s wife who was in the house at the time.

The three men took an amount of money from the victim and then ran off via the front door of the property along Goslip Gate.

Police carried out extensive searches in the area to locate the suspects, including support from the National Police Air Service, however, they were not traced and enquiries remain ongoing to trace them.

The man and his wife, who are both aged in their 50s, were taken to Scarborough District Hospital for check ups and were later released. The man suffered minor facial injuries and his wife was physically uninjured. However, both were extremely distressed and shaken up by what happened to them.

Police are appealing to members of the public and want to hear from anyone who was in the Eastgate, Hungate, Southgate or Firthland Road area on the night of the burglary and saw any suspicious people or activity.

All three suspects are described as medium build and were wearing dark clothing and balaclavas.

Detective Sergeant Ken Proctor of Scarborough CID, said: “This incident has left the victims very shocked by what happened and I am appealing to the public for their help as we continue our investigation.

“We want to hear from anyone who was in Pickering and saw any suspicious activity along the route of Eastgate to Firthland Road, or anyone who saw the suspects fleeing the scene at Firthland Road along Goslip Gate.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Scarborough CID.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Please quote reference number 12140216686 when passing on information.