Mother and child held at knifepoint

Published: Thursday 5th February 2015 by The News Editor

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A mother and child were tied up and held at knifepoint during a “horrific” burglary at their home, police said.

The burglar also carried out a sexual assault after he entered the house in Sydenham, Bridgwater, Somerset, through an insecure door between 7.50am and 8.15am on January 21.

The man, who was wearing a balaclava-type mask over his face, tied up the woman and her young child, and threatened them with a knife.

He then carried out the assault, demanded money and jewellery then left the house empty-handed.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Williams, of Avon and Somerset Police, described the attack as “horrific”.

“We’re treating this as an horrific incident in which a mother and her child were tied up and threatened at knifepoint by an unknown man,” he said.

“An offence of this gravity will naturally cause concern in the local community and I’d like to reassure people that we’ve got a team of experienced detectives and officers working on the case.

“We’re looking after the victims who’ve been through an horrendous ordeal and are giving them all the help and support they need.

“During the course of our inquiry we’ve carried out house-to-house enquiries at more than 250 properties and are following up on any leads resulting from these visits.

“It’s likely there will be an ongoing police presence as we continue making enquiries to piece together what happened.”

Police have already received a number of potential sightings and information which could indicate the man’s movements following the incident, he said.

A man matching his description was seen in Dunwear Lane at about 8.12am. He then ran towards the junction of Westonzoyland Road.

He turned left into Westonzoyland Road and disappeared from sight but was caught on CCTV near St John and St Francis Primary School.

A fence was broken in nearby St David’s Court, possibly about the time the incident happened.

Detectives have already discovered a knife matching the description of the weapon used in a garden in Somerville Way.

Mr Williams added: “The offender had his face covered but I’m urging people to look at the following description and think about whether they saw someone matching it on the morning of Wednesday January 21 , or at any point during the day of the incident or the days before.

“Equally, if you know someone who wears clothing similar to those worn by the offender was wearing, we’d like to speak to you.”

The man is described as white, aged between 25 and 60, wearing a yellow hi-vis fluorescent jacket, dark-coloured tracksuit trousers and white trainers.

He had a black or dark grey mask or face covering with holes for the eyes and mouth, and wore a grey hood over this.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the force on 101, quoting log number 207 of 05/02, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Published: Thursday 5th February 2015 by The News Editor

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