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 Witness appeal after man robbed in his Stanley home


​Detectives are appealing for information after a man was robbed in his home.

Two masked men broke into a property in Ivy Terrace, in Craghead, Stanley, at around 7.30pm on Saturday (December 21) while the victim was asleep in his bed.

Once inside, they assaulted the victim and threw pans of water over him before stealing a yellow safe from his bedroom which contained a four-figure sum of cash.

They also stole a red wallet belonging to the victim and his car, which was later found burned out in Gateshead.

The first man is described as being white, around 5ft 10in, of stocky build and aged in his forties. He had dark hair which was thin on top and had a Geordie accent. His voice was rough and aggressive and his speech was slurred.

He was wearing a light grey hoodie, black joggers and a yellow scarf, which covered his face up to his eyes. He kept referring to the other suspect as ‘Tom’, and was shouting “Tom, I need a hand in here.”

The second suspect is described as having light coloured hair that was thin on top, around 5ft 10in tall and was of stocky build with a scar on the right side of his cheek.

He spoke in a Geordie accent and was also wearing a grey hoodie, grey trousers and a yellow scarf that covered his face.

Acting Detective Inspector Gareth Hodgson, of Stanley CID, said: “This was a particularly nasty incident which has left the victim extremely shaken.

Thankfully the victim has been able to provide a detailed description of the two suspects, so we would like to speak to anyone who may know who these men are.

“We would also like to speak to anyone who has seen someone recently acquire a large, unexplained sum of money, or has come to be in possession of a yellow safe.”

Anyone who has any information that could help the investigation is asked to call police on 101, and speak to Stanley CID office on extension 754922 quoting incident number 390 of December 21.

Information can also be passed on anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.