Man arrested over armed raid in Newchapel

Victim appearing on Crimewatch
Image caption The victim and his family were targeted by a gang of about eight masked and armed men

A man has been arrested by police investigating an armed robbery in Surrey in which a family were tied up.

A gang of about eight masked and armed men broke into a house in Newchapel in the middle of the night in June 2012.

Three properties in Croydon, south London, were searched on Thursday after information was passed to police following a BBC Crimewatch appeal.

The man, from the New Addington area, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary and later released on bail.

During the armed raid on 12 June, a family of four, including two teenage daughters, were tied up and the father was threatened with a firearm.

The burglars went through the house and high value items including a Rolex watch were taken.

In an interview shown on Crimewatch earlier this year, the father, known only as John, told how he woke in his home to see a man with a gun, pointing it at his head.

He said he thought it was a dream until the burglar shouted: "Open the safe. Where's the safe? Where's the safe? Or you'll get it."

Two rewards of £2,000 and £3,000 have been offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

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