Fam­ily sub­jected to ter­ri­fy­ing armed raid by masked rob­bers

Teenage son hit on head with crow­bar and is left need­ing 10 stitches

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - by Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

MASKED rob­bers broke into an Uxbridge pub with weapons and at­tacked the land­lords and their son be­fore mak­ing off with cash.

Wear­ing bal­a­clavas and car­ry­ing a crow­bar, a ham­mer and a ‘kitchen-style’ knife, the three men broke into the fam­ily’s flat, above The Gen­eral Eliott, in St John’s Road at around 4am on May 12. They used a lad­der to climb into one of the cou­ple’s teenage sons’ bed­rooms and de­manded he fetch his fa­ther, land­lord Gary Car­pen­ter.

The men then forced Mr Car­pen­ter, 55, his wife Sue, 51, and their four chil­dren – aged 12, 15, 17 and 19 – into a bed­room while one of the gang guarded them with a ham­mer and the oth­ers searched the prop­erty.

Mrs Car­pen­ter told the Gazette how the drama un­folded af­ter she was wo­ken by the break-in.

She said: “I could hear shout­ing and the dogs bark­ing, so I came out. And then I saw the three men, or boys, in their masks.

“They climbed through my son Jack’s bed­room win­dow. He’s only 17. They woke him up and told him to ‘go and get your dad’. He was pet­ri­fied.

“He went and woke up their dad and then they punched him [Mr Car­pen­ter].

“My son Daniel came out of the bed­room then as well, be­cause he could hear the dogs bark­ing and them shout­ing: ‘Where’s the safe? Where’s the safe?’ So they clonked him on the head with a crow­bar. He [needed] 10 stitches in the head.”

Mrs Car­pen­ter said the men herded the fam­ily into 19-year-old Daniel’s bed­room, where one loomed over them with the ham­mer, say­ing: ‘Keep back, keep back. I’m not afraid to use this.’

She added: “The guy with the ham­mer had the ham­mer above, keep­ing us all on the floor in Daniel’s room, and the other two were run­ning around the flat look­ing for money and things.

“They stole three phones, be­cause they couldn’t find any money, so my son gave them his wages and they took the float that was in the till.

“They were just chuck­ing things around. You could tell they were like kids. They were am­a­teurs.”

“They were just say­ing: ‘Where’s the money? Where’s the money? Where’s the safe?’ I just kept say­ing: ‘We haven’t got any money.’

“At the time I wanted to run for the guy with the ham­mer, be­cause we’re all quite big, and then I saw the other guy, who was dart­ing around with this great big 12-inch knife in his hand, so I thought: ‘You can’t do that, be­cause you never know. I’m not go­ing to dam­age my chil­dren.’

“So we left them and said we haven’t got any money and that was it. Then all they wanted to do was get out.”

The men – de­scribed by po­lice only as white at this stage – stole £80 from the pub’s cash reg­is­ter and £200 from a jar in one of the sons’ rooms, ac­cord­ing to Mrs Car­pen­ter.

They fled through the pub’s back door, but po­lice, who were called at around 4.30am, do not know which di­rec­tion they made off in.

Hilling­don Bor­ough Bur­glary Squad is ap­peal­ing for any­one who was in the area at the time of the ag­gra­vated bur­glary to call po­lice.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should call DC Emma Butcher on 020 8246 1563. Or call the char­ity Crimestop­pers anony­mously on 0800 555 111, or visit www. crimestop­pers-uk.org.

Pho­tos by Grant Humphreys WL153158

n OR­DEAL: Gen­eral Eliott Pub Land­lords Gary and Sue Car­pen­ter who were con­fronted by masked raiders

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