Violent farm robbery’s £5,000 reward

A hoax suicide vest was found in Sheffield city centre

A hoax suicide vest was found in Sheffield city centre

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A reward of up to £5,000 has been offered for information into a violent farm robbery.

The terrifying incident occurred at Rigby House Farm, The Common, Adlington, when three or four intruders smashed a window to gain entrance to the property at around 9.30pm on Friday, November 13.

A firearm was pointed at the victim, a 50-year-old man, before a shot was fired into the door he was hiding behind.

A further window was smashed, before the gang threatened him and tied him up.

Seven firearms were taken from a gun cabinet along with some ammunition and cash.

The offenders made off in the owner’s maroon Land Rover Discovery which was later found abandoned on Thirlmere Road, Blackrod.

The whole incident has left their victim traumatised and fearful for his life.

A 40-year-old man, of no fixed address, has been charged with robbery and two offences of possession of a firearm and appeared at Preston Magistrates’ Court on November 28.

Independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers today offered the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible.

Police are also keen to recover the firearms and to remove them from circulation.

Gary Murray, North West regional manager for Crimestoppers, said: “This was a really shocking and violent incident that has left a significant impact, not just on the victim, but also on the local community.

“This is a quiet rural area and incidents like this just do not happen, which is why we are offering this reward to try and help locate those responsible.

“I’d ask anyone with information on this gang to contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 to bring some piece to the victim and allow him to live without any more fear.”

If you have any information, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through the anonymous online Fform at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

The reward will only qualify if information is passed to Crimestoppers’ 0800 555 111 number or anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

Information passed directly to police will not qualify for the full amount.