A woman was attacked with a crowbar as she tried to protect her young children and elderly mother-in-law from intruders who broke into her home.
The shocking and brutal attack took place at the woman’s home on Buckley Road in Gorton at about 3.30am on 25 January 2014.
Police have now released a CCTV still of the offenders moments before they forced their way into the home and carried out the attack, which clearly shows one member of the gang carrying the crowbar.
The woman, 28, was asleep upstairs when she heard loud noises coming from downstairs.
She went downstairs and saw the kitchen door had been kicked in and went back upstairs to call police. She then heard her elderly mother-in-law shouting out of her bedroom window for help and went back downstairs to further investigate, only to be confronted by up to five men.
One of the offenders threatened the woman and produced the crowbar, claiming he would attack her two young children – a four-year-old boy and a 12-month-old girl – unless she gave him cash and jewellery.
Before the woman could reply, she was physically attacked by the man wielding the crowbar who struck her in the arms and legs, forcing her back upstairs. The gang then rifled through the house, stealing jewellery and other personal items.
The intruders even threatened the woman’s elderly mother-in-law with a hammer and struck her daughter-in-law several more times with the crowbar, again across the arms and legs.
Eventually they left, leaving the family completely traumatised.
Police have now released a CCTV still of the gang carrying the crowbar moments before the robbery and are appealing to anyone with information to come forward.
Detective Constable Michael O’Connor said: “The facts of this appalling and shocking robbery speak for themselves. The sheer brutality of the violence defies belief and the fact they even threatened to harm two very young children while striking their mum repeatedly with a crowbar tells its own story about how wicked the culprits are.
“Not content with that, they also threatened an elderly woman with a hammer. They are clearly a dangerous gang and we need to find them without delay before any other family can be subjected to such violence.
“We are continuing to offer support to the family at what is clearly a difficult time and the best support we can offer is to take these men off the streets and lock them up.
“I would therefore appeal to anyone who has information about this robbery to come forward. Any information you have, no matter how trivial you might think it is, could contain a vital clue that helps us find these men so please, if you do know anything, call us.”
Anyone with information should call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.