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Neighbours fears after gang terrorise family
10:08am Saturday 26th October 2013 in News
NEIGHBOURS have today spoken of their fears after a gang of burglars pretending to be police officers burst into the home of a terrified family.
Five men smashed their way into the Southampton home through a window, threatening to hurt the residents if they moved.
In the house at the time were a 42-year-old woman and a 39-year-old man along with the woman's two children, a girl, aged 15 and a boy aged 16.
They had been upstairs when they were disturbed by a loud banging noise and were confronted by the gang as they went to investigate downstairs.
The group then went upstairs where they punched a man, leaving him with minor injuries to his face.
They then searched the house in Laburnum Road in Southampton's Flower Estate before they made off with a Samsung tablet.
Harry Ball, 59, who lives in the road, said: “I don't know what the world is coming to.
“I have lived here for 15 years and this used to be one of the best roads in the estate.
“These people need to be caught.”
Mum of two Alissa Barnes, 30, added: “It's shocking.
“It's normally nice and friendly round here.
“We've never had any trouble and its very much a close community.”
A 51-year-old woman too scared to give her name said: “It's despicable and must have been really frightening for the family.
“I don't normally let anyone into my house anyway, especially not at night.”
A 29-year-old man, neighbour, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “It really worries me.
“I've got little ones and the thought of five people bursting in is really scary.
“This used to be known as a rough area but the since the five years I've been here there's been no trouble.”
The five men are described as all being in their late teens or early 20s.
They wore dark tracksuit style clothing and face coverings, scarves and balaclavas.
One man in the group is described as being a larger build than the others.
Detective Constable Lauren Dunkason has urged anyone who saw the group un the area, making off towards Honeysuckle Road towards Burgess Road and Stoneham Way to come forward.
She said: “We don't know the motivation for the burglary at this time and enquiries are ongoing in order to establish this.
“Not surprisingly the family have been left very shaken up by the experience.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Bitterne CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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