Hunt for masked men who burst into Southampton home and rob family

Daily Echo: Family tell of knifepoint horror in own home Family tell of knifepoint horror in own home

SCHOOLBOY and his family were threatened at knifepoint by masked burglars during a terrifying raid at their home.

The 13-year-old was playing computer games in his upstairs bedroom when two men burst into the terraced house in Southampton.

One of the men held the boy and his dad at knifepoint as his horrified stepmother looked on before the pair plundered a safe containing their life savings.

Yesterday the dad branded them “scum” and pleaded for people who have information about who might be responsible to do the right thing and help police catch them.

The 46-year-old told the Daily Echo “They’ve destroyed my family.

“I feel utterly violated and felt so terrified and useless that I couldn’t protect my son. How could they do this to a 13-year-old boy?”

Two hooded men forced their way into the property in Windermere Avenue, Millbrook at 10pm on Tuesday after the dad answered a knock on the door.

One man pulled the phone lines out and demanded money while the other headed upstairs and attempted to get into a bedroom.

When they discovered it was locked they hauled the teen downstairs while his accomplice grabbed a steak-knife from the boy’s stepmother who was eating her dinner.

The boy’s dad said: “They were shouting “you know what we have come for”.

“They grabbed my son around the neck shouting and the knife was getting closer to him.”

They eventually released the boy before punching his dad in the face and advancing with the weapon.

The man shielded himself by holding his hand up and added: “My son was so brave, he was cuddling me on the floor saying “give them what they want”.”

The men forced their way into the room a n d grabbed a s a f e containing a large amount of money and jewellery including an engagement ring, three rings and watches, and two laptops.

The dad said: “We don’t have a penny to our name. We’ve got nothing now and we are going to have to sell property just to pay the bills.”

Police say the men responsible are white, between 18 to 20 years of age and wore scarves across their faces.

One wore a grey hooded top and the other a blue one, while one was 6ft and the other shorter and stocky.

n Police arrested a 16-year-old on suspicion of aggravated burglary and a 17-year-old on suspicion of conspiracy to burgle.

Both have been bailed pending further inquiries until March 7.

Witnesses should contact DC Gillingham at Shirley CID on 101.

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11:03am Fri 17 Jan 14

massimoosti says...

As if.......
As if....... massimoosti

12:35pm Fri 17 Jan 14

cliffwalker says...

A dreadful story indeed but what was an ordinary family doing with a large sum of money in a safe and yet none in the bank? Makes you think.
A dreadful story indeed but what was an ordinary family doing with a large sum of money in a safe and yet none in the bank? Makes you think. cliffwalker

12:41pm Fri 17 Jan 14

southy says...

cliffwalker wrote:
A dreadful story indeed but what was an ordinary family doing with a large sum of money in a safe and yet none in the bank? Makes you think.
Maybe its because the banks at the moment do not pay interest on current accounts, so why keep money in the bank to be used by the bank when there is no return, and those with off shore tax free banking get large interest and don't even pay tax on that interest they don't even invest the money not in this country any way, why should another pay for those to get rich on the back of others
[quote][p][bold]cliffwalker[/bold] wrote: A dreadful story indeed but what was an ordinary family doing with a large sum of money in a safe and yet none in the bank? Makes you think.[/p][/quote]Maybe its because the banks at the moment do not pay interest on current accounts, so why keep money in the bank to be used by the bank when there is no return, and those with off shore tax free banking get large interest and don't even pay tax on that interest they don't even invest the money not in this country any way, why should another pay for those to get rich on the back of others southy

12:52pm Fri 17 Jan 14

southy says...

southy wrote:
cliffwalker wrote:
A dreadful story indeed but what was an ordinary family doing with a large sum of money in a safe and yet none in the bank? Makes you think.
Maybe its because the banks at the moment do not pay interest on current accounts, so why keep money in the bank to be used by the bank when there is no return, and those with off shore tax free banking get large interest and don't even pay tax on that interest they don't even invest the money not in this country any way, why should another pay for those to get rich on the back of others
Theres also the question what do you call a large amount of money £10 is a large amount to some people
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cliffwalker[/bold] wrote: A dreadful story indeed but what was an ordinary family doing with a large sum of money in a safe and yet none in the bank? Makes you think.[/p][/quote]Maybe its because the banks at the moment do not pay interest on current accounts, so why keep money in the bank to be used by the bank when there is no return, and those with off shore tax free banking get large interest and don't even pay tax on that interest they don't even invest the money not in this country any way, why should another pay for those to get rich on the back of others[/p][/quote]Theres also the question what do you call a large amount of money £10 is a large amount to some people southy

6:14pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Zexagon says...

Isn't that photo of the two lesbians from the other day
Isn't that photo of the two lesbians from the other day Zexagon

7:08pm Fri 17 Jan 14

cliffwalker says...

Home safes are quite expensive items. Does anyone seriously think one would be bought to keep a £10 note in?

What do you make of it southy? Is this a family struggling to make a meagre living in a capitalist society with all the odds stacked against them and having to keep large sums of money and valuable jewellery in a safe because interest rates are so low and it's pointless giving the money to a bank for safekeeping? Another interpretation might be that whatever the risk of robbery they didn't want others to know about the large sums of money and jewellery in their possession.
Home safes are quite expensive items. Does anyone seriously think one would be bought to keep a £10 note in? What do you make of it southy? Is this a family struggling to make a meagre living in a capitalist society with all the odds stacked against them and having to keep large sums of money and valuable jewellery in a safe because interest rates are so low and it's pointless giving the money to a bank for safekeeping? Another interpretation might be that whatever the risk of robbery they didn't want others to know about the large sums of money and jewellery in their possession. cliffwalker

10:54am Sat 18 Jan 14

southy says...

cliffwalker wrote:
Home safes are quite expensive items. Does anyone seriously think one would be bought to keep a £10 note in?

What do you make of it southy? Is this a family struggling to make a meagre living in a capitalist society with all the odds stacked against them and having to keep large sums of money and valuable jewellery in a safe because interest rates are so low and it's pointless giving the money to a bank for safekeeping? Another interpretation might be that whatever the risk of robbery they didn't want others to know about the large sums of money and jewellery in their possession.
That maybe all that was in there who really knows apart from the family, Safes are not just for money people also get home safes for important paper work like deeds to the home and a number of other important paper work.
[quote][p][bold]cliffwalker[/bold] wrote: Home safes are quite expensive items. Does anyone seriously think one would be bought to keep a £10 note in? What do you make of it southy? Is this a family struggling to make a meagre living in a capitalist society with all the odds stacked against them and having to keep large sums of money and valuable jewellery in a safe because interest rates are so low and it's pointless giving the money to a bank for safekeeping? Another interpretation might be that whatever the risk of robbery they didn't want others to know about the large sums of money and jewellery in their possession.[/p][/quote]That maybe all that was in there who really knows apart from the family, Safes are not just for money people also get home safes for important paper work like deeds to the home and a number of other important paper work. southy

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