Father offers £10,000 reward after armed robbers threaten family

pat  The entrance to Grange Farm, High Birstwith.  (131211M3a)
pat The entrance to Grange Farm, High Birstwith. (131211M3a)

A high-profile businessman whose family were left tramautised by armed robbers is offering a £10,000 reward for information.

The young family were subjected to a terrifying ordeal after masked burglars threatened them with crow bars before stealing shotguns and jewellery from their isolated farm house on Friday, December 6.

Detective Inspector Andrea Kell, of North Yorkshire Police, who is leading the investigation said: “There is a substantial amount of money on offer for anyone with information about this incident.

“It has been a very difficult time for the family and they are struggling to come to terms with being confronted in such an alarming manner in their own home.

“Somebody out there knows who is responsible and I am appealing to anybody with information to do the right thing, come forward, and help this young family find justice.”

The family were subjected to the terrifying raid when four men wearing balaclavas burst into the farmhouse near Birstwith at around 5.15pm.

They were threatened with a crowbar and five shotguns were stolen, along with a 9.77 carat pear cut platinum claw set solitaire ring, a men’s 18 carat white gold Patek Philippe Grand Complication Chronograph watch, and a pair of 18 carat gold and 8.58 carat brilliant cut diamond claw set earrings.

The offenders, described by police as four men of Asian appearance, fled the scene in the family’s white Porsche 911 before abandoning it on White Wall Lane in Tang.

The independent charity Crimestoppers is offering a separate reward of up to £2,000 for information passed to the charity’s 0800 555 111 number that leads to an arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for this crime. Only information passed to the charity’s phone number will qualify for this part of the reward.

A Crimestoppers spokesman said: “This is a particularly nasty crime, especially being so close to Christmas, which has left a family badly shaken as a result of a terrifying ordeal.

“Crimestoppers would urge anyone with information to contact the charity anonymously, safe in the knowledge that no one will ever know you contacted us.”

Since the burglary, officers have been making extensive enquiries and have been investigating a number of leads but have yet to identify any of the suspects.

DI Kell also urged anyone with information about the whereabouts of the stolen shotguns or jewellery to get in touch.

Anyone who can help officers with their enquiries is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 – select option 2 – and ask for Harrogate CID. The £10,000 reward offered by the victim is for information which leads to the arrest and charge of those responsible.

If you prefer not to give your name, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111. The £2,000 reward cannot be claimed by submitting information through the Crimestoppers website it must be passed over the phone. This reward is offered for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

Please quote reference number 12130211258 or Operation Hebron when passing information about this incident.