Robbers steal firearms, car and cash in farmhouse raid

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Robbers forced their way into a farmhouse, tied up a man and stole firearms, cash and a car.

Detectives are investigating after men wearing balaclavas got into the farmhouse, which was off a private road off The Common in Adlington, at around 9.40pm on Friday.

“We believe that this was a targeted robbery and thankfully the victim was not too badly injured, however he is understandably very shaken by this ordeal.”

Det Insp Jo Keay

A 50-year-old man was tied up and threatened, while the men demanded money and access to his firearms.

They stole seven firearms from a gun cabinet, along with ammunition and around £5,000 in cash.

The men drove away in the owner’s maroon Land Rover Discovery, which was later found abandoned on Thirlmere Road in Blackrod.

Det Insp Jo Keay, who is leading the investigation, said: “We believe that this was a targeted robbery and thankfully the victim was not too badly injured, however he is understandably very shaken by this ordeal.

“Incidents of this nature are rare and I would like to reassure the public that we have a dedicated team of officers working on this investigation and we are determined to find the men responsible and the firearms that they took. Patrols have also been stepped up in the area.

“If you know anything about this robbery, I would urge you to get in contact with us at your earliest opportunity.”

Anyone with information about what happened is asked to call Lancashire Police on 101, quoting incident reference 1363 of November 13.

Alternatively Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org.