BURGLARS forced their way into the home of a doctor and stole two luxury cars while he slept.

Dr Imran Asghar says he and his family 'do not feel safe in their own home' after the incident, which happened in the early hours of this morning.

Thieves broke the lock on the front door of the home on Bishops Road in Bolton at around 4.20am and snatched the keys to a black E Class Mercedes and a white BMW 4 Series.

The criminals managed to take the keys from the lounge, where resident Dr Imran Asghar and one of his sons had fallen asleep.

Imran's wife and two other sons were in the house at the time too.

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The broken lock on the front door

Dr Asghar, 44, who has been working at Aintree University Hospital, said: "My wife heard the front door and the sensor of a car and came downstairs.

"She saw that the door was open and thought one of us had gone outside.

"She looked outside and saw that the BMW had gone.

"We ran outside and then saw the Mercedes had also gone.

"They must have been so quick and I think they must have been watching us and knew what they were looking for.

"It is just a complete shock and I am so stressed.

"We do not feel safe in our own home.

"I do not know how we will be able to sleep."

The burglary comes at a particularly difficult time for Dr Asghar, who has been working during the pandemic.

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Dr Imran Asghar

Dr Asghar added: "I have not had a break in four months and was working on the covid ward for two months."

Dr Asghar said a neighbour spotted a blue car approaching his home and two men – one of them hooded and wearing dark clothes – got out.

Soon after the gang left and took the cars.

The burglary has been reported to Greater Manchester Police.

A spokesman for the force said: "Shortly after 4.20am on Tuesday police were called to a report of a burglary at an address in Bolton.

"An offender broke into a property on Bishops Road and stole a set of keys and two vehicles.

"No arrests have been made and enquiries are ongoing."

If you have any information contact 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.