Police appeal following aggravated burglary

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POLICE are appealing for information after a man was attacked and burgled at his home in Samlesbury in the early hours of this morning (Friday).

The aggravated burglary took place around 12-30 am at an address on Goosefoot Lane in Samlesbury when the 48-year-old occupant was attacked in the grounds of his house by a group of men wearing balaclavas.

The victim was attacked with a various weapons and as a result sustained significant injuries. He was taken to Royal Preston Hospital where he is expected to remain for a couple of days.

The offenders demanded to know where he kept his valuables and escaped with a substantial sum of cash and a number of high value items of jewellery and other items.

They fled in the victim’s Range Rover, which was later found on fire and abandoned nearby.

Det. Insp. Geoff Hurst said: “This is a serious incident in which a man was subjected to a prolonged attack and suffered some serious injuries.

“I would stress that this type of incident is extremely rare in our rural communities and I would reassure people that it will be thoroughly investigated.

“I’d be very keen to speak with anybody that witnessed any suspicious activity in the area or any strangers to the area acting out of the ordinary.

“The offenders abandoned the stolen Range Rover nearby so we believe they would then have swapped into a different vehicle. If anyone saw a vehicle in the area in unusual or suspicious circumstances I’d urge them to contact Lancashire Police on 101.”

People with information can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.