Police apologise for Emneth raid after officers storm the wrong house

Police have apologised after officers armed with batons burst into the wrong house.

Officers raided the home in Elm High Road, Emneth, in an attempt to find a suspect who had stolen a drill from the nearby B&Q.

But when three officers barged through the front door with batons raised they were confronted by three teenagers and a nine-year-old, all playing computer games.

'My children were terrified,' said mother Gina Edmead, who was out shopping at the time of the incident on November 20.

'I have told my nine-year-old son that the police are the people to go to when you're in trouble and now he doesn't know what to believe.

'They said they were looking for a Polish guy who used to rent the house. They refused to leave until they had confirmed that the children weren't Polish. So every time someone robs B&Q are they going to send a SWAT team round to my house?'

Police acted after an officer believed he had identified the drill thief as a former tenant at Mrs Edmead's address. But the suspect had moved out of the premises earlier this year, leaving Mrs Edmead and her family free to occupy the home in September.

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Police have now agreed to return to the house next week to apologise face to face to the children.

A spokesman for Norfolk police, which carried out the raid, said: 'We apologise sincerely to the family for any distress caused which was unintentional. We acted on the evidence available to us at the time.'