‘It was like something from a TV programme’ - Man tells of terror of crowbar robbery that happened while he was in bed at Walpole Cross Keys

Walpole Cross Keys where the burglary took place. Walpole Cross Keys where the burglary took place.

Thursday, December 5, 2013
10:17 AM

A West Norfolk businessman has described the terrifying moment two masked men burst into his bedroom to rob him.

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The man, who does not wish to be named, was lying on his bed when the robbers, one wielding a crowbar, entered the room in his Walpole Cross Keys home.

He said: “I was lying on my bed, it was just before 10pm, and I was watching television as I normally do after a day’s work.

“The first I knew of it was when the door suddenly burst open. They seemed to me to be gigantic figures.

“One was behind me and the other in front with a crowbar. There was a bit of a struggle but they were much younger and stronger than me. They forced me to show them my safe and they took some cash from it.

“Then they tied me up with my hands behind my back and left. I managed to free myself and call the police.”

The man, in his 60s, says that the amount stolen was “large-ish but not ridiculous” but that he has been left shaken by the incident.

“There was no extreme violence but it was terrifying. It was like something from a television programme,” he said.

“I’m just very thankful that I’m not seriously injured.

“Afterwards you’re scared of being in your own house alone. I had a relative stay with me last night but I will have to go back to normality.

“People in the village have been good about it, they have been supportive but it’s not a nice thing to have happen.

“Being in business it is in the back of your mind that something like this could happen, you hear about other things and you do start to worry.”

A spokesperson for Norfolk Police said that investigations were ongoing into the incident, which took place on Monday, December 2.

Police are appealing for information and anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area or knows anything about the incident should contact Norfolk Constabulary.

Two weeks ago a shop worker was held at knife point by a robber while working at a newsagent in nearby Terrington St Clement.

The robber made off with between £600 and £700 leaving the member of staff shaken but unhurt. Police are also appealing for witnesses after an attempted break-in in Clenchwarton. Between 9pm on Saturday, November 23, and 1pm on Sunday, Novem-ber 24 offenders damaged a door, lock and frame at a property on Station Road.

Call police on 101.

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