Whitechapel family ‘threatened with machetes and knives’ by burglars demanding cash and gold

Have you seen this man? Picture: Met Police

Have you seen this man? Picture: Met Police - Credit: Met Police

A family in Whitechapel was threatened with knives and machetes in their home by burglars demanding cash and gold, police said.

Have you seen this man? Picture: Met Police

Have you seen this man? Picture: Met Police - Credit: Met Police

The suspects, reportedly a gang of up to eight males, made off with “a quantity of items” after breaking into the property in Sidney Street and grabbing the occupants, according to Met Police.

Scotland Yard said no arrests have been made despite forensic tests and analysis of CCTV footage.

Today officers released images of four males they wish to speak to in connection to the burglary, which took place shortly before 3.40am on Friday.

“This was a terrifying attack on a family asleep in their home,” said assistant Det Sgt Justin Franklin of Whitechapel CID.

Have you seen this man? Picture: Met Police

Have you seen this man? Picture: Met Police - Credit: Met Police


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“The perpetrators were violent and need to be caught as soon as possible. If you have information, we need to hear from you.”

Scotland Yard said the victims were “very shaken” but did not need medical treatment.

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Anyone with information should call 101 quoting reference CAD859/27Jul18 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously 0800 555 111.

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