Family re-lives horror raid at family home in Dronfield

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A couple held up at gunpoint in a terrifying raid at their home are too afraid to sleep at night.

Andrew and Lorraine Eales, both aged 47, were at home with their children when three masked men broke in and stole jewellery and cash.

Mr Eales was knocked unconscious before he and his wife, both directors of Sheffield-based Mercury Taxis, were tied up, along with their eldest daughter Sophie, 24, who was visiting.

Their three younger children, Joshua, 13, Jordan, 11, and Charlie-May, seven, were also in the house at the time.

The robbers fled when they stole a car from a takeway delivery driver who called at the house on Stubley Lane, Dronfield, during the raid.

Mrs Eales said: “Me and Andrew just don’t sleep. We haven’t been eating. It’s had an impact on the kids.

“Charlie-May is scared to sleep in her own bedroom and Jordan is just quiet. They are frightened.

“Sophie doesn’t live here but she has had trouble sleeping.

“As soon as it goes dark, I’m a wreck.”

Detective Inspector Greg McGill, of Chesterfield CID, said: “This attack involved young children being threatened by an armed gunman in their own home.

“This is without doubt the worst crime I’ve ever come across in my whole career.

“The victims should never have to suffer something such as this in their own home. No child should have to be subjected to this sort of incident.”

Three men - two aged 33 and one 35 - have been arrested on suspicion of robbery and bailed.