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Couple with nine-month-old baby targeted by ‘armed’ gang at Hornchurch home in mistaken identity case

PUBLISHED: 12:24 09 August 2013 | UPDATED: 12:25 09 August 2013

Bruce Avenue the scene of the robbery

Bruce Avenue the scene of the robbery

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A couple with a nine-month-old baby were terrorised in their home by an “armed” gang demanding drugs in what is thought to have been a case of mistaken identity.

The five men knocked at the couple’s home in Bruce Avenue, Hornchurch, at 11pm on Saturday.

They forced their way inside then ransacked the house and stole their car.

The 42-year-old dad had his head pushed on to a sofa by one man, who is believed to have held a gun to his head.

The attacker told him: “Don’t make me shoot you,” and asked: “Where’s the drugs?”

Police said the family do not have links to drugs and an appeal has been issued for witnesses and information.

The intruders are said to have demanded items they believed were in the loft before stealing property and the couple’s car keys.

They fled in the victims’ car, a black Range Rover Sport, which they crashed soon after in South End Road, South Hornchurch.

Cllr John Mylod said: “I have never heard of something like this happening in Hornchurch, nothing as bad as that. Bruce Avenue is a good area.

“I was very surprised and sorry to hear what happened and I hope they catch the people who did it.”

One resident from the street described the incident as “shocking” and said she had been burgled in recent years.

Another added: “I was woken up by the noise of police car doors slamming.

“Then at about twenty to four there were no more banging doors and it went quiet.”

The robbers are believed to be black and it is thought two of them may be brothers.

Anyone with information can call Det Con Dennahy on 01708 779264 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.


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