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Masked gang break down Luton house door with axe

A gang of masked men armed with an axe used it to break down the front door of a Bedfordshire house while five people, including a child, were inside.

Officers said the raiders broke into the house in Winchester Gardens, Luton, late on Sunday as four adults and a 12-year-old girl were in the bedrooms.

One of the men inside confronted the burglars with a baseball bat.

Police said the gang fled the house, along with other men who had been waiting outside.

Detectives have anybody who may have been in the area at the time of the incident, at about 2300 BST, to contact them.

Minor cuts

A spokeswoman for Bedfordshire Police said: "A pane of glass was smashed and the door forced open as three of the gang made their way on to the stairs, only to be confronted at the top of the stairs by the two men who live there.

"The only injury suffered was to one of the male residents who received some minor cuts to his hands from the broken front door."

The man with the axe was described as white, about 5ft 6in (1.7m) tall, and had been wearing a black balaclava, a grey or blue hooded top, black woollen gloves, tracksuit bottoms and trainers.

The axe was described as short, with a metal handle and a mid-blue or silver blade.

Another man was described as white, about 18 to 23 years old, 5ft 9in (1.77m) tall, of medium build, and had been wearing a black balaclava. He spoke with a Luton accent.

A third man was said to be black, 5ft 8in (1.76m) tall, in his 20s and of stocky build. He was wearing a green top.

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