Derby

Ashbourne house raid £5,000 reward offered

James Cartland
Image caption James Cartland said he believed the attack was prompted by his appearance in a TV show

A £5,000 reward has been offered in connection with a robbery in which a Derbyshire man was threatened with a weapon in his home.

James Cartland, 64, was tied down while three men searched the house in Church Street, Ashbourne, on 17 March.

They fled when the alarm was raised, dumping antiques in the garden but taking some cash and leaving Mr Cartland badly shaken.

Crimestoppers, which has put up the reward, said it was a "cowardly act".

Mr Cartland, an antiques expert, said comments made by the intruders made him believe the raid was connected to his appearance on a TV documentary.

He had offered his own £2,000 reward to catch the offenders.

Two of the robbers were described as white and one as black, while all were in their mid 20s, of thin to medium build, and about 5ft 10ins (1.78m) tall.

One suspect is thought to have spoken with an East Midlands accent.

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