Blackburn robbery: woman tied up by gang

A woman was threatened with a knife, tied up and robbed in her Lancashire home by three men claiming to be collecting money for charity.

Police said the men approached the house on Goodshaw Avenue, Blackburn, at about 1100 BST on Friday.

They forced their way into the house and stole a large quantity of money and jewellery before they eventually set off the alarm and ran off.

The woman managed to free herself and contact police.

Police appeal

The gang are described as Asian and in their 40s. One was wearing cream coloured traditional Asian dress, a white cap, a dark jacket and glasses.

The second was wearing a dark hooded top with writing across the front and dark tracksuit bottoms with a stripe across the knee.

The third man was taller than the other two, balding, and was wearing a long dark coloured jacket.

Det Insp Jill Johnston said: "We are keen to trace those responsible for this offence and I would urge anyone who may have any information to contact us.

"It is believed that the three men made off from the address in the direction of Pleckgate and so I am particularly keen to hear from anybody who was in the area of either Goodshaw Avenue or Pleckfarm Avenue at the time of the incident."

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