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Home-alone burglaries: Second teenager held in raids

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Image caption A digital image of one of the men has been released by police

A second home-alone teenager has been tied up and threatened by a pair of burglars in Greater Manchester.

A 14-year-old boy was restrained with a phone cable by the machete-wielding men, who broke into a house in Oldham on Tuesday.

The pair took games consoles, phones and other electrical items in the raid.

Police said the break-in had "all the hallmarks" of a burglary in Hollinwood on 25 February, which left a 13-year-old girl "traumatised".

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said the boy had come down from his bedroom to find the pair, who ripped a phone from the wall to tie him up with the cable.

He said one man was described as being "of mixed race and about 30... with a local accent", while the other was white and in his 20s.

A digital image of the second man has been released by police.

Det Insp Lewis Hughes said the men had been "hell bent on stealing whatever they could".

"This robbery bears all the hallmarks of a similar incident that occurred in Hollinwood less than a week earlier.

"We strongly suspect they could be linked and we are continuing to appeal to anyone with information to call us."

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