Eastwood raiders hit woman with spanner and handcuffed her dad
A WOMAN has spoken of her horror after four raiders forced their way into her 80-year-old father's home and handcuffed him.
She was hit on the head with a metal bat and spanner during the incident in Moorgreen, near Eastwood.
The woman, who asked not to be named, needed nine stitches in the wound.
The men forced their way into the house after she answered the door.
Her father was handcuffed as the raiders searched the house during the 15-minute ordeal.
The woman said: "It was just so frightening – when they tried to come in through the door and they hit me. I just thought 'what have I done to deserve this?'
"One of the men hit me over the head and there was blood all over my shirt.
"I tried pushing him back out of the door but he was too strong for me – it was so frightening.
"I was frightened too for my dad. He is being strong and trying to carry on as normal, but I was so worried for him. I just don't understand why they came here and did what they did."
Police said the men told the victims they were looking for a cannabis farm but when they discovered there were no plants they left the house and drove off.
The men were white and in their early 20s to mid 30s.
Angelika Robinson, of Moorgreen, was shocked to hear of the burglary. She said: "It is quite rare for something like this to happen here but I must admit a few years ago there was a burglary at a house opposite and that house was right on the street, so that was unusual because it's a fairly busy road.
"I think generally it's vulnerable around here because of the houses being set back but generally we don't really hear of anything.
"There's also a lot of elderly people living her so perhaps they are an easy target."
Police want to speak to anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the Moorgreen area at around 9pm on Friday, or who knows anything at all about the incident, no matter how insignificant they might think that detail is.
Anyone with information should telephone police on 101, quoting incident number 858 of Friday, January 18.
Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.