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Whitechapel CID have released CCTV images of four suspects who they wish to talk to after a violent burglary in Sidney Street E1 on Friday 27th July.
Family attacked while asleep in their own home
According to the victims up to eight males forcibly entered the premises at approximately 3.30am, grabbed the Bangladeshi family asleep inside and threatened them with knives and machetes in an attempt to make them reveal quantities of cash and gold they believed were in the home.
When the police were called the suspects made off with a quantity of items.
Although very shaken, none of the occupants required medical treatment.
“This was a terrifying attack on a family asleep in their home,” said Acting Detective Sergeant Justin Franklin from Whitechapel CID. “The perpetrators were violent and need to be caught as soon as possible. If you have information, we need to hear from you.”
No arrests have yet been made and enquiries continue.
Anyone with information is urged to call police on 101 quoting ref CAD859/27Jul18 or tweet @MetCC. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Local sources inform that this type of crime is increasingly common in the borough with the majority of targets being members of our Bangladeshi community.
This is due to the mistaken belief that Bangladeshi households are likely to contain cash and valuables such as jewellery.
Historically this type of aggravated [use of violence] burglary involving a group of criminals breaking into a home at night when residents are known to be on the premises has been rare but one resident of Whitechapel LW spoke to said that they had been subject to this type of crime twice.
That anyone is a victim of this type of home invasion once is one time too many.
The worst aspect of these crimes is that they are deliberately timed to occur when residents are at home so that they can be subject to threats of violence in an attempt to force them to reveal the location of valuables.
The photographs issued by the police from CCTV inside the house are of good enough quality to identify some of the suspects. Do not hesitate to contact the police if you know who they are.