Samlesbury ‘£250,000 reward’ robbery on Crimewatch

Matthew Amroliwala, Kirsty Young, Martin Bayfield the Crimewatch presenters
Matthew Amroliwala, Kirsty Young, Martin Bayfield the Crimewatch presenters

A victim’s ordeal at the hands of masked thugs is reconstructed on television’s “Crimewatch”.

The programme, which airs tonight on BBC One at 9pm (Thursday 16th October), renews the appeal for information about the aggravated burglary which left the 48 year old victim injured.

The burglary took place at around 11.45pm on Thursday August 1st last year in Goosefoot Lane in Samlesbury when the victim was attacked in the grounds of his house by a group of men wearing balaclavas.

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

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

Detective Inspector Paddy O’Neill, who is leading the investigation, said: “This was a vicious attack on a man in his own home that left him with nasty injuries and the investigation is still on-going.

“I would urge people to watch the programme tonight and to contact us if they know something that they think might assist us in identifying offenders and or recovering any of the stolen property.

“It is worthy of note that the victim has offered a reward of up to £250,000 for information leading to the prosecution and conviction of offenders.

“We have a team of detectives who are still working on the investigation and I can assure the public that any information received will be treated in confidence and dealt with appropriately.”

Anyone with information can contact Lancashire Police on 101 quoting Operation Line, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at

No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.