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We are appealing for information following an aggravated burglary at a property in Netherton on Friday, 23 April.
At around 10.30pm, it was reported that two men called at a house on Fatherside Drive while a family were at home. One of the men is said to have hit a 19-year-old woman when she opened the door, before entering the property and making an untidy search of the bedroom. The men stole a safe containing cash and sentimental jewellery before making their escape.
One of the stolen items which detectives are keen to trace is a Smiths Astral watch (example pictured below), engraved for services to railroad. A gold sovereign ring, engraved with the letters 'AC', was also stolen during the incident.
A 10-year-old boy and a seven-year-old boy were downstairs at the time of the burglary but were not harmed.
The offenders are described as having their faces covered and were riding a black motorbike.
An investigation is underway and house-to-house and CCTV enquiries have been carried out in the local area.
Detective Chief Inspector Gayle Rooney said: “It is traumatic enough to be broken into, especially when the offenders have been physically violent towards those inside the property. Alongside this, the victims have also had personal and sentimental items stolen from them - understandably, we're incredibly keen to get these back to them.
"We would appeal to anyone who was in the area of Fatherside Drive at around 10.30pm last Friday night or saw anyone or anything suspicious to contact us as they may have information which is vital to our investigation.
“I would also ask anyone who was in the area who may have mobile phone or dash cam footage to contact us as they may be able to assist with our enquiries.
Anyone with information is asked to DM @MerPolCC or @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111 quoting reference 1233 of 23/04.