Masked gang armed with axe terrorise householder

POLICE investigating an aggravated burglary in Northumberland have recovered a car stolen during the raid.

The burglary happened at Capheaton on Tuesday, at approximately 11pm. Three men wearing black balaclavas, and armed with what is believed to be an axe, forced their way into a house.

They threatened the occupants and demanded keys to their car and a jewellery shop, which is located a few miles away in Kirkharle Courtyard.

They then tied up the couple and ransacked their house, stealing credit cards and jewellery. One of the intruders made off from the house, stealing the couple’s car while the other two remained with the householders.

The two then left the house at around 11.55pm. Neighbours raised the alarm and contacted police at 12.05am. The couple were shocked by the incident but did not need medical treatment.

Inquiries have shown that the man who took the car drove to the jewellery shop at Kirkharle Courtyard off the A696 and stole an amount of jewellery.

The offenders are described as wearing black clothing. One is about six feet tall with a heavy build, and the two others are both described as being five-feet-seven inches tall and of slight build. At least one of the men is believed to have a Scottish accent.

The stolen car was found abandoned in the Acomb area just before 7.30am on Wednesday. Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101, extension 69191.