Burglars wake man up, then assault him

March 03 2017

RAIDERS broke into a house in Lower Hanham Road and assaulted the householder in what police describe as a "distressing" incident.

RAIDERS broke into a house in Lower Hanham Road and assaulted the householder in what police describe as a "distressing" incident.

It happened at about 3.50pm on Monday February 13 when three men broke into the house by smashing the patio doors. 

As they searched the house one of the men went into a bedroom where the male householder was sleeping, waking him. 

Two other men then entered the room and one assaulted him with a screwdriver, causing two gouges on his legs .

One of the men then stood over the householder while the other two continued to search the house, demanding money and asking where the safe was, although the family do not have a safe. The men then made off empty-handed.

The first man is described as white, aged in his 20s or 30s, about 5ft 4ins and of medium build. He wore a dark-coloured clothing including a fleece and a baseball cap and face covering. The second is white, late 20s, slightly shorter and of thin build, wearing similar clothing and face covering. The third man is white, 5ft 6ins, of heavier build than the other two, again wearing similar clothing and face covering. 

Investigating officer Dai Nicholas said: “This was a very distressing incident for this gentleman. 

"It’s being investigated by a specialist team which is dedicated to a number of burglaries in which jewellery and cash have been stolen, although nothing was taken in this case. This is one of a handful of incidents we’re investigating in which someone has been assaulted, and I’d urge anyone with information which could help our enquiries to get in touch.” 

Anyone who can help is asked to get in touch through the police website, www.avonandsomerset.police.uk or by calling 101 quoting reference 5217033037. 

Police have carried out door-to-door enquiries and a forensic examination of the property.