Mother's terror as masked robbers burst into her Hove home

Robbers in Halloween masks blindfolded, gagged and tied up a mother in her home as her three-year-old daughter slept upstairs.

The woman, aged in her 30s, was walking out of the upstairs bathroom at her home in Amberley Drive, Hove, at 5pm on Saturday (December 1) when three masked men ambushed her.

They dragged her downstairs and tied her to a chair with items they had found in the house.

She was blindfolded and gagged during the 30-minute ordeal while the men ransacked her home.

They took a large amount of cash, gold jewellery and computer equipment.

The raiders left the petrified mother tied up. She was only discovered when her friend called and entered the home later that evening.

The woman was shaken but not physically harmed during the attack.

She is being looked after by victim support officers at Sussex Police and is due to be interviewed again today (December 4).

Police are not ruling out a link to similar crimes nationwide, including in Crawley, where Asian families have been targeted recently in jewellery burglaries.

Halloween mask

Detective Constable Chris Bishop, of Brighton and Hove CID, said: “This was clearly a horrible and distressing incident for the victim and fortunately, neither her, nor her young daughter were physically injured.

"We believe this was a targeted attack and that someone will know who is responsible for it.

“We are keeping an open mind as to whether it is linked to similar incidents elsewhere in the country.”

One of the suspects is described as 5ft 6in, and was wearing blue mechanic-style overalls with a hood, black gloves and a rubber Halloween mask with a tiger design on it.

He spoke with an English accent. The two other suspects spoke both English and Urdu with Pakistani accents.

The thieves stole a Toshiba laptop, a red Nintendo DS games system, a Digital Quran MDQ200 computer, a Prakitica Luxmedia digital camera and a lady’s gold Seiko 5 watch.

Anyone with any information about the incident should call Sussex Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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2:45pm Tue 4 Dec 12

brighton-breezy says...

Sad to say it and I say without prejudice, the first place I would start looking is their places of worship for clues as I bet that is where the family have been targeted from. Seems Ironic though that people with such strong religious beliefs can have so much hatred and be so violent towards 'their own'
Sad to say it and I say without prejudice, the first place I would start looking is their places of worship for clues as I bet that is where the family have been targeted from. Seems Ironic though that people with such strong religious beliefs can have so much hatred and be so violent towards 'their own' brighton-breezy

4:16pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Fairfax Sakes says...

This is sloppy reporting, come on now Argus. Amberley Drive is in Portslade, not Hove.
You should know better than that.
This is sloppy reporting, come on now Argus. Amberley Drive is in Portslade, not Hove. You should know better than that. Fairfax Sakes

4:22pm Tue 4 Dec 12

qm says...

Fairfax Sakes wrote:
This is sloppy reporting, come on now Argus. Amberley Drive is in Portslade, not Hove.
You should know better than that.
Sloppy commenting . . . . it actually is in Hangleton which is part of Hove . . . . .
[quote][p][bold]Fairfax Sakes[/bold] wrote: This is sloppy reporting, come on now Argus. Amberley Drive is in Portslade, not Hove. You should know better than that.[/p][/quote]Sloppy commenting . . . . it actually is in Hangleton which is part of Hove . . . . . qm

4:23pm Tue 4 Dec 12

worthingite says...

Drugs ?
Drugs ? worthingite

7:30pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Roundbill says...

worthingite wrote:
Drugs ?
No thanks, I've got an early start in the morning. Maybe at the weekend?
[quote][p][bold]worthingite[/bold] wrote: Drugs ?[/p][/quote]No thanks, I've got an early start in the morning. Maybe at the weekend? Roundbill

8:19pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Poccypoc says...

It's true, though.
It's true, though. Poccypoc

9:38pm Tue 4 Dec 12

mictrix says...

worthingite wrote:
Drugs ?
err...no thanks jon everyone will know.i'll call you later lol
[quote][p][bold]worthingite[/bold] wrote: Drugs ?[/p][/quote]err...no thanks jon everyone will know.i'll call you later lol mictrix

11:13pm Tue 4 Dec 12

hubby says...

Dangerous place Portslade!
Dangerous place Portslade! hubby

12:28am Wed 5 Dec 12

funkyyoyo says...

no doubt the stolen goods are in the 'well known' second hand shops in town,hint hint police,you never know,the cctv might reveal all on this disgusting vile crime for money!!!
no doubt the stolen goods are in the 'well known' second hand shops in town,hint hint police,you never know,the cctv might reveal all on this disgusting vile crime for money!!! funkyyoyo

3:21am Wed 5 Dec 12

vogon1 says...

Fairfax Sakes wrote:
This is sloppy reporting, come on now Argus. Amberley Drive is in Portslade, not Hove.
You should know better than that.
Golden rule of commenting:
If you're going to shoot someone down in flames, make sure of your facts, to avoid looking like a dick.
Amberley Drive is definitely in Hangleton , Hove
[quote][p][bold]Fairfax Sakes[/bold] wrote: This is sloppy reporting, come on now Argus. Amberley Drive is in Portslade, not Hove. You should know better than that.[/p][/quote]Golden rule of commenting: If you're going to shoot someone down in flames, make sure of your facts, to avoid looking like a dick. Amberley Drive is definitely in Hangleton , Hove vogon1

8:35am Wed 5 Dec 12

qm says...

Roundbill wrote:
worthingite wrote:
Drugs ?
No thanks, I've got an early start in the morning. Maybe at the weekend?
Oh Roundbill, you crease me up!!! Brilliant!
[quote][p][bold]Roundbill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]worthingite[/bold] wrote: Drugs ?[/p][/quote]No thanks, I've got an early start in the morning. Maybe at the weekend?[/p][/quote]Oh Roundbill, you crease me up!!! Brilliant! qm

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