Update: Family left ‘traumatised’ after masked robbers raid home

Police released an image of one of the stolen shotguns, below (s)
Police released an image of one of the stolen shotguns, below (s)

Police have made a fresh appeal for information after jewellery and five shotguns were stolen during an aggravated burglary at a family home in High Birstwith.

The young family was left ‘traumatised’ after masked burglars threatened them with crow bars during the incident last Friday, December 6.

Picture supplied

Picture supplied

One week on, North Yorkshire Police are urging witnesses to come forward.

The family, named locally as the Kempleys, were subjected to the terrifying raid when four men wearing balaclavas burst into the farmhouse near Birstwith at around 5.15pm.

They were threatened with a crowbar and five shotguns were stolen, along with a 9.77 carat pear cut platinum claw set solitaire ring, a men’s 18 carat white gold Patek Philippe Grand Complication Chronograph watch, and a pair of 18 carat gold and 8.58 carat brilliant cut diamond claw set earrings.

David Kempley, a company director at Troy Foods Ltd, is well known locally as a competitive clay pigeon shooter who has represented England.

The offenders, described by police as four men of Asian appearance, fled the scene in the family’s white Porsche 911 before abandoning it on White Wall Lane in Tang.

Det Insp Andrea Kell, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “It is one week now since this young family were left traumatised after being confronted in their own home by four masked men who stole a some very expensive and treasured possessions.

“It was a horrible experience for them to go through and we are determined to find out who was responsible.

“Since our earlier appeal for witnesses a number of people have contacted us with information and we have a number of lines of enquiry which we are actively following.

“However, we are still seeking further witnesses and I urge you to come forward if you have any information which can help the investigation.

“This incident took place between 5pm and 6pm as people will have been returning home so they may have noticed a suspicious vehicle in the area around High Birstwith.”

Since the incident was reported officers have been making extensive enquiries at the family home and in the surrounding area and are following a number of lines of investigation.

Officers will be in High Birstwith today (Friday) handing out leaflets and talking to the local community to encourage witnesses to come forward with information.

The investigation team have also released images of some of the stolen jewellery and one of the shotguns.

Detective Insp Kell added: “It is important that the stolen shotguns are located as soon as possible. They could be dangerous in the hands of someone who doesn’t know how to use them properly.

“The jewellery is very expensive and some stolen items are commissioned pieces and therefore distinctive. I would urge people to vigilant if they are offered any jewellery for sale particularly jewellers or dealers who should know what they are buying.

“If you are offered any of the stolen items for sale it is very important that you come forward as you may have information which can help us to identify the people responsible for this incident.”

Anyone who can help officers with their enquiries is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 - select option 2 - and ask for Harrogate CID.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Please quote reference number 12130211258 or Operation Hebron when passing information about this incident.