Masked thugs terrorise family in their home

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MASKED men armed with a hammer and baseball bat burst into a home and threatened a mum and her son.

Sandra Slee today told how she was left terrified after the two thugs stormed in through the unlocked back door.

One went straight upstairs to where her 25-year-old son Marc was with two pals, while the other went into the living room where Sandra, 46, was watching TV.

Fearing for their lives, Marc’s friends leapt out of the bedroom window of the house in Hetton and ran for help.

The man upstairs demanded cash and drugs, ordering Marc to empty cupboards and drawers when he said he did not have either.

Downstairs, Sandra was also told to hand over cash and drugs.

Sandra, who was involved in a doorstep attack two years ago when a man smashed her over the head with a metal bar, said: “It was so scary. At first I thought someone was winding us up. It was so unreal.

“I didn’t notice the man had a bat in his hand at first, but when he started asking me to give him the money and ‘the weed’ I saw it.

“At first I thought he was asking for a Wii and I said I didn’t have one. Then I realised he was asking for weed and I said I definitely didn’t have any of that.

“He told me if I stayed calm I would be alright. When they realised we didn’t have what they wanted they just left.”

Sandra said the horrific attack lasted just five minutes but “felt a lot longer”.“I just don’t feel safe in my own home any more,” she added.

Detectives believe the thieves, who fled empty-handed in a red vehicle, have targeted the wrong housee.

They made off along Deepdale Street towards Borrowdale Street.

Neighbourhood Inspector Graham Finlay said: “This was an incredibly distressing incident for the people who were in the property at the time. Luckily, they were not injured, but understandably they were left shaken.

“Our inquiries lead us to believe that this wasn’t a random attack, but the offenders have targeted the wrong address.”

The incident took place on Sunday at 10.10pm.

The men are described as in their 20s and spoke with local accents.

Anyone with information should contact police on 03456 043 043 ex 69191 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.