Family Assaulted In 'Terrifying' Robbery In Banbury

5 November 2018, 15:30 | Updated: 5 November 2018, 17:19

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Three armed men who robbed a family in their Banbury home have been confronted by a teenage boy with a baseball bat.

At around 10.50pm on Thursday (1/11), three men knocked on the door of a property in Sydenham Close, Adderbury while four people were inside.

A teenage boy answered the door, and was forced inside by a large man dressed in black, wearing a balaclava and gloves.

The boy ran upstairs to his parents’ bedroom, and armed himself with a baseball bat.

He was then confronted by a second man, also dressed in black. He struck the man a number of times on the face, head and body.

The boy became aware of a knife and dropped the bat, and then a third man came into the bedroom.

Two girls were placed in another bedroom, while the boy’s mother was then assaulted. The teenage boy was restrained by the offenders.

They demanded money, before taking jewellery worn by the woman and leaving the property.

The three offenders are all described as black men, of muscular build, wearing balaclavas and gloves.

One of the offenders was wearing an orange high visibility jacket with the name of a crane company written on the front.

None of the victims required hospital treatment.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Grahame Lea, of Force CID at Banbury police station, said: 

“I am appealing for any witnesses who were in the area at around 10.50pm on Thursday who may have seen the men in or around Sydenham Close.

“At least one of the men was wearing a distinctive high visibility tabard.

“In addition, I’m appealing for a taxi driver who dropped off a person in the area of Sydenham Close and would have seen the offenders to contact police.

“Likewise, I am asking to anybody who has CCTV covering Aynho Road and up to Sydenham Close to contact us.

“This was a terrifying ordeal for the victims and we are keen to identify any leads that will assist in identifying those responsible.”