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14 September 2010, 06:00
A gang of masked men - one of whom was carrying an axe - have broken in to a house in Luton.
It happened just before 11pm on Sunday 12 September on Winchester Gardens.
Two couples and a 12-year-old girl were in their bedrooms at the address when it happened.
The gang of men smashed a pane of glass and forced the door open, before three of them made their way onto the stairs, where they were confronted by the two men who live there.
The man at the front of group had an axe and one of the residents grabbed a baseball bat to defend himself. The burglars then fled the property along with one or two other men who were outside.
One of the men who lives in the property sustained some minor cuts to his hands from the broken front door.
The man with the axe was white, about 5' 6" tall, wearing a black balaclava, a grey/blue hoody, black woolly gloves, track suit bottoms and trainers. The axe was short, with a metal handle and a mid-blue or silver blade. Another man was described as white, 18 to 23, 5'8"/5'10", medium build and wearing a black balaclava. He spoke with a Luton accent. A third man was black, approximately 5'8", in his 20's and stocky. He was wearing a green top.
The investigating officer, Detective Constable Dan Matcham said:
"This must have been a terrifying experience for these people. We are appealing to anybody who was in the Winchester Gardens area of the town late on Sunday evening to contact us. We especially want to hear from you if you saw a group of men loitering in the area, if you saw men running away or any vehicle leaving the area at speed."
If you have any information you can call Luton Police Station on 01582 394 334 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.