A dad was slashed with a knife and battered with a hammer by armed robbers – who threatened to shoot him and his family.
Dean Drabble, aged 41, his wife Lyndsey, 35, and children Katie, Brandon and Paris were in bed when two armed robbers smashed a downstairs window to get into their home.
The robbers, who were wearing balaclavas, had initially banged on the door and ordered Dean to open it, warning they had a gun.
When the father-of-three refused they smashed the kitchen window and climbed into the house on Meadowbank Road, Kimberworth, Rotherham, brandishing hammers and a knife and demanding cash. Dean’s daughter Katie, 16, managed to escape to a neighbour’s to raise the alarm while her terrified mum and younger sister Paris, 11, hid in the bathroom after dialling 999.
The robbers chased scaffolder Dean upstairs and forced him to open a safe, containing £900. They ripped the mobile phone from Lyndsey’s hands and stamped on it, warning they would return and threatening ‘it would be 10 times worse’ next time if she had called the police.
The raiders ordered her to take off her wedding, engagement and eternity rings and also stole rings which had belonged to her late sister and grandmother.
They also stole the family’s Ford Focus FT sports car parked outside.
Dean was struck with a hammer and slashed with a knife during the raid.
Lyndsey said: “It was terrifying – the first thing they said when they were ordering us to open the door was that they had a gun and would shoot us all.
“When they got into the house they had hammers and a knife and they were waving them around and threatening us.
“They kept saying they wanted money and asking us where the money was and they got £900 out of the safe, but they were saying we had more and gold.
“They were waving the knife around asking for the rest of it.
“Our son kicked one of the robbers to try to protect his dad and knocked him flying. When he got up he went to stab Brandon but got his dad instead – he was slashed down his arm and hit around the head with the hammer.
“It was terrifying. We could have been killed.”
The family said an armed response unit arrived 30 minutes after the robbers had fled.
They said they are disappointed South Yorkshire Police have not installed panic alarms in the property and that the robbers are still at large.
A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “At around 10.20pm on Wednesday, February 25, it is reported that two men entered the property and threatened the occupants with what is believed to be a knife and a hammer.
“A number of items were taken from the property during the incident.
“One of the residents, a 41-year-old man, sustained arm injuries that required hospital treatment.
“A number of enquiries are being conducted, including CCTV recovery and forensic searches.”
Call South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 1,050 of February 25 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
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