Family suffer three raids on their home in a week

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A FRIGHTENED householder managed to snap a picture of one of five armed intruders as they entered his home.

The men armed with knives, left three people terrified after the third raid on their home in a week.

Police are appealing for witnesses after the aggravated burglary in The Street, Rickinghall, at about at 8.50pm last Thursday.

A spokesman said: “No-one was hurt but the occupants, an elderly male and female and male in his early 30s, were left extremely shaken up. It’s not thought anything was stolen in the incident.”

Of the five, one was described as a large black man, a second as a large white man and there were three younger looking white men. One of the offenders may have been wearing a white Puffa-type jacket.

It was the third time the property had been targeted in a week.

The first happened on Saturday, January 21, at about 8pm when the residents were disturbed by noise.

When one of the occupants went to investigate, he saw three men running down the stairs.

He followed them but lost track of the group in a nearby churchyard. A quantity of cash, a lap-top, an air rifle and fishing equipment were all taken in this incident.

The second incident happened on Monday, January 23, at about 1.30am when two men hammered at the front door demanding entry claiming to be police. When challenged by the male resident they fled the scene. Both were white men, of slim build and in their 20s, one is described as having short dark hair and wearing a dark top and trousers and the second as tall and wearing a light grey hooded top,

Anyone who has any knowledge of the incident, saw anything suspicious during the times stated or recognises the man from the photograph should contact Det con Laura Hicks at Bury St Edmunds CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.