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Man arrested over baby held at knife-point in Uxbridge burglary

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Image caption An e-fit image of the Uxbridge burglary suspect was released by police

A man has been arrested in connection with a burglary in which a 15-month-old girl was held at knife-point.

Burglars posing as meter readers entered the home of a 31-year-old woman in Uxbridge on Friday 31 October.

The woman saw a man holding a knife to her baby before saying: "Where is the gold?"

Police said a 33-year-old man was arrested in the Stanmore area of north-west London on Thursday night.

Halloween burglary

The burglar bound the mother's wrists and ankles and put her and her daughter in the bathroom during the raid.

He was then joined by a female accomplice and they began to search the house, eventually making off with some jewellery.

The mother and daughter were found by neighbours about 50 minutes later, when police were called.

The suspect was wearing a lanyard around his neck and a high-visibility jacket which made the victim believe he was a genuine meter reader, police said.

Emergency services attended the scene and the mother and daughter did not need to go to hospital.

There is no description of the female accomplice, who was heard, but not seen, by the victim.

Det Con Anji Dawson said: "This incident happened on Halloween at about 17:00 GMT so we believe there may have been many people in the area that may have seen the suspects."

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