Leicester

Machete used in 'terrifying' Leicestershire farmhouse raid

A woman who was threatened with a machete and screwdriver at her home in Leicestershire has described her attackers as cowards.

Three men wearing balaclavas entered David and Sandra Clarke's farmhouse off Foston Lane, near Countesthorpe, on Thursday.

Mr Clarke, 70, was hit with a crowbar and suffered arm and facial injuries while Mrs Clarke, 68, was tied up.

Ten rifles, five shotguns, cash and two vehicles were stolen by the intruders.

'Clubbed'

Image caption Sandra Clarke said the raid was terrifying

Mr Clarke said the masked men entered the couple's home and started "shouting and screaming" and demanded car keys and money.

"I was stopped by an almighty clout in the mouth with an iron bar and then I was clubbed to the ground with a machete and a cricket bat," he said.

Mrs Clarke, 68, was tied to a chair in their home.

"They threatened me with the machete on my throat and the screwdriver on my cheek and my mouth," she said.

"It was terrifying because I didn't really know what they were going to do.

"They are cowards."

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Leicestershire Police.

Det Insp Simon Cure said: "We particularly want information about the whereabouts of these firearms and who the offenders are.

"That information could either come from general members of the public or even from people in the criminal fraternity who might want to keep these guns off the street," he said.

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