- Published on Saturday, 20 December 2014 20:40
A video has been released as part of an appeal for information on a burglary that left a man in hospital with serious machete wounds. The aggravated burglary happened at a house in Scotty Brook Crescent, Glossop, on October 23. Three men forced their way into the house and attacked a 31-year-old man with a machete, while his three young children and wife were also in the property. The victim suffered a serious cut to the head and deep lacerations to both hands, which required extensive surgery and physiotherapy. He was in hospital for two weeks. The offenders left empty-handed and a reward of £5,000 is being offered for information leading to their arrest and conviction.
Detective Sergeant Ed Mellor, who is leading the investigation, said: “The incident and the attack must have been a terrifying experience for them as a young family, and they are still deeply affected by the memories of it.
“I wish to remind people that there were three small children in the house at the time of the burglary and to target a family home early in the evening, exercising extreme violence with weapons, when children are in a place they should feel safe and secure, is a cowardly act.
“From our enquiries, I believe the offenders are from Manchester and I appeal to the public and communities across the city to provide the names of the males responsible.
“Someone may have confided in you, you may have noticed a change in someone’s behaviour or they may have mentioned a visit to Glossop on October 23, 2014.
“Whatever information you can provide, not matter how insignificant you think it may seem, may well prove vital to this investigation and help bring a little closure for them this Christmas.”
During the burglary, the victim tried to defend himself and grabbed the machete by the blade. He then suffered the deep cuts when the offender pulled it free.
The victim and his wife both appear in the video appealing for witnesses to come forward. The clip also contains images of the victim’s wounds after they were treated at hospital, which some viewers may find disturbing.
Anyone with information on the offence, which happened at about 7.30pm, should call Derbyshire police on 101, quoting crime reference 44949/14.
People can also pass information anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. To qualify for the reward, information must be reported through Crimestoppers.