Man held at knifepoint as robbers ransack his Darcy Lever home
ROBBERS beat and held their terrified victim at knifepoint as they ransacked his home.
Two masked men broke into the back of the semi-detached house in Higher Darcy Street, Darcy Lever, and threatened a 23-year-old man, who was asleep at the time of the break-in, with a knife.
They made their way upstairs, demanded money and punched the victim, who is believed to be renting the house, in the head and face at about 11.30am on Monday.
One of the robbers held the victim at knifepoint while the other ransacked the house — causing “significant” damage and stealing mobile phones, computers and other property.
Neighbours have said they are “terrified” after hearing about the young man’s ordeal.
Julie Ettenfield, who lives nearby, said: “I don’t feel safe around here any more, this used to be a nice area to live in.
“I feel like I want to move away and I know that others feel the same.”
Another resident, who did not want to be named, added: “It’s totally terrifying to hear what’s happened — it makes you feel very vulnerable in your own home.
“I’m constantly checking all my windows and doors to make sure they are locked.
“I have spoken to the young man since the incident and he said that he is doing okay.”
Officers have now stepped up patrols in the area. Police have issued descriptions of the suspected offenders — both are white males, aged between 18 and 20 and about 5ft 10in tall.
Both were wearing hooded coats with scarves and ski masks used to cover their faces.
Det Con Stuart Round, from Farnworth, said: “The victim is understandably very shaken.
“The intent of the offenders was clear which was to cause the maximum amount of fear in order to get their hands on money and property. We believe this was an isolated incident.”
Police have appealed for anyone with information to contact 0161 8565608 or Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800555111.
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