Woman threatened in Surrey burglary in Crimewatch appeal

Emily in Crimewatch appeal
Image caption Emily was looking after the home of her grandfather at the time of the raid

A woman who was tied up and threatened with a knife in an aggravated burglary in Surrey has made an emotional TV appeal for witnesses.

The woman in her 20s was threatened by a gang of six men who broke into her grandfather's home in Woldingham in the early hours of 22 May.

A reconstruction was shown on the BBC's Crimewatch programme on Thursday.

Police said the burglars tried to gain access to a safe but were unsuccessful.

Det Insp Antony Archibald is appealing to anyone who has information on the burglary or who remembers anything suspicious in the area in the time leading up to the offence to come forward.

Black motorbike

"This was a horrifying ordeal for the victim Emily, after being woken up to be confronted and tied up by a group of men, knowing she was all alone and not knowing what they were going to do next was an experience that will stay with her for some time.

"I believe someone somewhere knows who is responsible for this appalling offence," he said.

Detectives believe the house was specifically targeted because the burglars gave specific demands.

The burglars were described as black, and with London accents. One was wearing a balaclava and the others wore hooded tops.

Surrey Police are also seeking information about a motorcyclist seen riding a black motorbike which was seen in the area in the time leading up to the offence.

A £3,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible has been put up by Crimestoppers.

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