Arrest made after machete gang attack at home in Bassett Green area of Southampton

Victim Khalid Abrkhil

Victim Khalid Abrkhil

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POLICE hunting a machete-wielding gang who staged a late night raid at a Southampton home have made an arrest.

A 22-year-old man from London has been arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary and bailed until Wednesday, October 15, pending further enquiries.

As reported by the Daily Echo, a masked gang broke into a home Leaside Way, Bassett Green around midnight.

One member carrying a machete approached homeowner and businessman Khalid Abrkhil, 30, before throwing a saucepan at him.

The armed gang assaulted one of four friends staying in the flat before fleeing empty-handed.

Mr Abrkhil jumped in his car to pursue their getaway vehicle down Thomas Lewis Way in his vehicle but was unable to keep up.

The break-in on Wednesday, August 13, was the second time the house had been targeted in three days.

Two days earlier a man with his face obscured broke in at 3.50pm and stole £15,000 cash - which was takings from Mr Abrkhil and his flat mate's businesses - and a Rolex watch.

In the earlier attack one of Mr Abrkhil's housemates suffered a cut to his hand when he was slashed with a bladed weapon.

The robber fled in a white van.

Witnesses should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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