Armed burglary in Portsmouth a ‘rare but worrying incident’

A man spotted on CCTV at robbery at Co-op in Twyford Avenue, Stamshaw on Saturday, July 22. Picture: Hampshire police

Robber chased by pub punters after threatening Co-op workers in Portsmouth

  • Four men and a boy arrested after men with guns burst into home
  • Police reassure residents calling it an isolated incident
  • Search at pub is linked to burglary investigation
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DETECTIVES are hunting for people who may have been involved in an armed burglary.

It comes after a 29-year-old woman and her two children were threatened at gunpoint in their home in Sultan Road, Buckland.

Police at Toby Carvery in Hilsea on Tuesday morning. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (150752-4943)

Police at Toby Carvery in Hilsea on Tuesday morning. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (150752-4943)

Four men and a boy have been arrested and bailed after the raid on Monday night.

A Hampshire Police spokesman said four men burst into the home, but added it was an isolated crime.

He said: ‘It’s a rare but worrying incident.

‘We are taking it very seriously and are working with partners to safeguard the victims.

It’s a rare and worrying incident

Hampshire Constabulary spokesman

‘We recognise it will have an impact on the wider community and we have increased patrols in the local area.

‘Enquiries are continuing to ensure all those involved have been identified.’

The garden of the Toby Carvery in Copnor Road, Hilsea, was sealed off after the burglary and police have confirmed it is a site of interest linked to the incident.

Three of those arrested were held on suspicion of firearms offences.

The people arrested and bailed until June 29 were:

- Two men, 18 and 20 from Southsea, were arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary.

- A 21-year-old man, of no fixed address, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life or enable another to do so.

- A 25-year-old man, from London, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life or enable another to do so.

- A 17-year-old boy, from Portsmouth, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life or enable another to do so.

The police spokesman added: ‘A 29-year-old woman called us at 8.11pm on Monday April 13 to report a burglary.

‘Four men had forced their way into the property and threatened the occupants with what are believed to be firearms.

‘Nothing was taken. No-one was seriously injured.’

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting Operation Plastic or 44150123999.