Family attacked by knife-wielding robbers at their Bradford home (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Family attacked by knife-wielding robbers at their Bradford home
A WOMAN and her teenage sons were subjected to a terrifying knifepoint ordeal by two masked raiders who systematically search their homes for valuables.
One of the teenagers had a knife held to his throat and was told he would be killed if he refused to reveal where valuables were kept and his mother was kicked before being finally hit over the head with a stolen ipad as the raiders fled.
Cash, jewellery and gadgets valued at a total of between £6,000 and £7,000 were taken from the Shah family's home in Upper Rushton Road, Bradford Moor, after two men walked into the property brandishing knives.
Zamir Shah, 41, a bus driver, was working at the time but said the family were convinced the offenders were local because they knew a visiting friend was not a family member and left her alone.
He also said his wife Naheed, 42, believed she had recognised one of the men in the street days later.
During the commotion after the raiders struck she had managed to dial 999.
Armed police were deployed into the area after the raid on on Saturday, June 21, but the offenders could not be found.
"I cannot start to explain the effect it has had on the family," Mr Shah said. "My wife still gets up in the night and starts crying.
"These men just walked into the house, it was 2pm on Saturday afternoon, the road was busy outside.
"They seemed quite comfortable to be there and only left because a car pulled up outside and my wife said it was relatives coming to visit.
"When they arrived they got everyone in the front room and started kicking and punching my wife. They were telling my kids it would be the last day of their lives. One of them was dragged upstairs and told to tell them where everything was, otherwise they would die."
Detective Sergeant Martin Milner, of Bradford District CID, said: "The suspects are believed to have taken a quantity of jewellery, as well as a laptop computer and an amount of cash. It is thought they then ran off towards Palin Avenue.
"One of the men is described as white, about 5ft 3ins tall and of slim build. He was wearing a black leather mask, a black waterproof jacket, black tracksuit bottoms and white trainers. He spoke with a local accent and was wearing gloves.
"The second man is believed to be Asian, slightly taller and of average build. He was wearing a dark blue hooded jacket with the hood up, tracksuit bottoms and trainers.
"Anyone with information is asked to contact PC 4929 Higginbottom at Bradford District CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."