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Walton-le-Dale home raided by masked men in ‘mistaken identity’ burglary

Posted on - 26th January, 2020 - 2:25pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Preston News, Walton-le-Dale
Hennel Lane, Walton-le-Dale

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was targeted by three masked men with bats who searched her home and demanded drugs.

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Officers say they believe the raid was a case of mistaken identity and the men left empty handed.

At around 7.40pm on Wednesday January 15, the woman in her 30s was at home in Hennel Lane, Walton-le-Dale, when she saw three masked men close to a car parked outside. She challenged the group, who then entered her property carrying bats.

One of the men demanded drugs, while the other two men searched the property.

The homeowner called for help and the men made off from the scene towards Heaton Close.

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The first offender is described as white, 5ft 7in tall, of skinny build, with light-blue eyes. He was wearing a black balaclava, black jacket and black trousers.

The other two suspects are described as 5ft 7in tall, of skinny build wearing black balaclavas and clothing.

Detectives are appealing for witnesses and are keen to speak to anyone who saw the men involved.

Det Con Laura Thornley, of Chorley CID, said: “This was a terrifying experience for the victim and we want to find those responsible.

“We believe this was a case of mistaken identity, with the offenders targeting the address but making off when they realised no drugs were inside the property.

“The burglary took place near to a number of shops and I believe several people will have seen the men described.

“If you have any further information which could assist with our enquiries.”

Anyone with information can contact police on (01257) 246182 or email 58@lancashire.pnn.police.uk quoting log 1305 of January 15.

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