Hereford & Worcester

Batchley break-in by armed gang demanding money and drugs

Four men wearing balaclavas and armed with what appeared to be a handgun and a knife have broken into a house in Redditch, police have said.

West Mercia Police said the men entered the house in Poplar Road, Batchley, at about 21:15 GMT on Wednesday, demanding money and drugs from the occupant.

The men were believed to have got into a car in Cherry Tree Walk, a spokesman said.

Police said it appeared it was "not a random incident".

Det Insp Leighton Harding said: "We want to reassure members of the public that it appears this was not a random incident, and that the offenders and the occupant may be known to each other."

"High visibility patrols" will remain in the area throughout the day, he added.

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