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Bradford car crash robbery gang sought by police

The hunt is on for a gang of armed raiders who police believe crashed their getaway car after robbing homeowners of jewellery in Bradford.

Four women, including a 79-year-old grandmother, were held at knifepoint in two separate raids on Friday.

Detectives said they were looking for four to five men.

Four Asian men were seen fleeing the scene of an accident in which a stolen Volvo hit another vehicle on Smith Lane, Bradford at 18:40 GMT on Friday.

West Yorkshire Police said they believed the robberies and the people in the crashed car were "potentially linked".

The first raid took place at a house in Westwood Road at about 17:00 on Friday.

'Terrifying ordeals'

Between four and five men in balaclavas forced their way into the house and held a 24-year-old woman and her 54-year-old mother at knifepoint.

The robbers forced the women to hand over jewellery, including gold bangles and wedding rings.

Police said the women received minor injuries.

In the second attack, a group of men broke into a semi-detached house on Haworth Road at about 18:30 and threatened a 24-year-old woman and her 79-year-old grandmother at knifepoint.

The men demanded cash and jewellery and then searched the property before fleeing with a briefcase, watches and a jewellery box.

Police said both women were left unhurt but extremely upset.

A black BMW 318i was also stolen from the address by the group.

Det Insp Ryan Bragg of Bradford District CID said: "Clearly these are very serious incidents in which the women in both houses have been threatened at knifepoint in what must have been terrifying ordeals.

"It is fortunate none were seriously hurt and it is important we locate those responsible for both incidents, which we are linking, as quickly as possible."

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