The owner of a house on one of the wealthiest streets in Harrogate was assaulted by armed burglars last night.
Three men approached the house on Fulwith Mill Lane at 9.50pm on Sunday, May 11, and one of them assaulted the man living at the address on the driveway.
They then entered the property, threatening the man and his wife, before stealing money, jewellery, and mobile phones.
The road was cordoned off this morning, May 12, though this was reduced, restricting access only to the house, at around 10am.
Det Insp Pete Martin of Harrogate CID said: “Although the residents of the house were not seriously hurt, the experience has naturally left them very shaken.
“If you have any information which could help to identify the men responsible for this burglary, I urge you to contact the police straight away.
“Burglaries of this nature are thankfully very rare and there is no need for residents to be concerned. However, uniformed officers will undertake extra high visibility patrols in the area as reassurance for the local community.”
The burglars left in a small car, described by the police as similar in size to a Volkswagen Golf.
The man who lives at the house suffered a minor injury, though he did not require medical treatment. His wife was not injured.
The first suspect is described as white, around 5 ft 10in tall with a stocky build. He was wearing a dark grey hooded top and a jumper, which was pulled up to cover his face, dark grey sweat pants and trainers.
The second man is also white and around 5ft 8in tall with a stocky build. He was dressed similarly to the first man.
The third suspect is described as being black, over 6ft with a stocky build.
Anyone who can assist officers should contact Harrogate CID on 101, select option two and ask for Hannah Wright. Alternatively, information can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting reference number 12140075292