By Martin Walker
Police have recovered a Jeep believed to have been used in a brutal armed robbery near Newton Aycliffe last week.
Four knife-wielding men made off with more than £6,000 after they smashed their way into a property in Redworth village, near Aycliffe, and demanded cash from a couple as they watched television.
The gang assaulted a 50-year-old man and threatened his wife with a knife, before fleeing the scene in a maroon Jeep Cherokee, around 9.30pm on Monday, September 24.
The terrifying raid was witnessed by one of the couple’s children.
Police have said a vehicle, believed to have been stolen from Sunderland and used in the robbery, was found partially burnt out in South Street, Shildon.
Detective Inspector Phil Curtis, from Darlington CID, said one man had been spoken to in connection with the raid, but no arrests had yet been made.
He said: “This was a quite brutal attack and we believe the family has been targeted with those responsible having information telling them that there could be money in the home.
“They had no hesitation in assaulting the victim.
“We are following up a number of lines of enquiry and have had a lot of information from the public.
“However, if anyone witnessed the incident or knows something, then I urge them to contact us immediately.”
Anyone who can help should call 101 and ask for Det Insp Curtis at Darlington CID.