Friday 4 December 2015
We are today offering a reward of up to £5,000 for information on a violent robbery on a farm in Adlington.
The incident occurred at around 9.30pm on Friday 13 November at Rigby House Farm, The Common, when three or four intruders smashed a window to gain entrance to the property.
A firearm was pointed at the victim, a 50-year-old man, before a shot was fired into the door he was hiding behind. A further window was smashed, before the gang threatened him and tied him up.
Firearms and cash stolen
Seven firearms were taken from a gun cabinet, along with some ammunition and cash. The offenders made off in the owner’s maroon Land Rover Discovery which was later found abandoned on Thirlmere Road, Blackrod. The whole incident has left their victim traumatised and fearful for his life.
A 40-year-old man, of no fixed address, has been charged with robbery and two offences of possession of a firearm and appeared at Preston Magistrates’ Court on 28 November
We're now offering a reward of up to £5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for this robbery.
Officers are also keen to recover the firearms and to remove them from circulation.
Shocking and violent
Gary Murray, North West Regional Manager for Crimestoppers, said: “This was a really shocking and violent incident that has left a significant impact, not just on the victim, but also on the local community.
“This is a quiet rural area and incidents like this just do not happen, which is why we are offering this reward to try and help locate those responsible.
“I’d ask anyone with information on this gang to contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through our Anonymous Online Form to bring some peace to the victim and allow him to live without any more fear.”
*Note: The reward will only qualify if information is passed to Crimestoppers’ 0800 555 111 number or anonymous online form. Information passed directly to police will not qualify for the full amount.