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Detectives are investigating following an aggravated burglary in Walton in the early hours of this morning, Monday 26 September.
At around 3:20am, armed police were called to Lenthall Street to reports of a man gaining entry to a house, reportedly in possession of a machete.
The man was described as around 5ft 10in tall, of slim build, dressed in black with a hood up. Two other males were reportedly seen outside the house.
The first man was confronted by the occupants and made off without anything being stolen or injuries caused. Enquiries are ongoing.
Detective Inspector Chris Saidi said: "We initially think that this was a case of mistaken identity, resulting in the occupants understandably fearing for their safety.
"Thankfully no threats were made with the weapon or injuries caused, but nonetheless it will have been a frightening experience and we are supporting them as our enquiries continue.
"I'd urge anyone who lives locally and may have dashcam, home CCTV or doorbell footage to please check and let us know. We're determined to find those responsible and put them before the courts."
If you have information, contact us @MerPolCC or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 with reference 22000713575 and we will take action.