Blackburn robber 'puts gun to child's head'

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THREE masked raiders burst into a Blackburn home and reportedly held a gun to a young child’s head.

The gang struck at a house in Worcester Road while a mum was home alone looking after her four young children.

The woman, named locally as Mishba Pervez, and her children, who are under the age of five, were left shocked and distressed. Yesterday, police confirmed the robbers threatened the family before stealing cash, jewellery and several mobile phones.

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Mrs Pervez usually lives with her husband Naz but it is understood he was on a visit to Dubai when the robbery happened.

A neighbour in Worcester Road said: “I saw three men running from the house, with scarves pulled over their faces.

“They were running away very fast and I knew something had happened. One of them stared at me as I was watching and it was very frightening.”

The neighbour’s son went round to make sure Mrs Pervez was ok.

He said: “I knocked on the door and she answered and said she was ok but she was breathing very sharply and heavily and so I knew that something terrible had happened.

“She told me that the men forced their way in. She didn’t ask me to call the police and just kept saying she was fine.

“After that, we saw all the police cars and ambulances arrive.”

Neighbours say that Mrs Pervez took her children to a friend who lives across the street before the police arrived at the scene.

A next door neighbour said: “She went across the road and told her friend that she had been held up at gun point and that they held a gun to the child’s head.

“It’s just awful. Mishba is always smiling and happy and she is such a loving mother.

“I’m just gobsmacked that this happened to her and it’s really, really sad.”

Yesterday, police forensic teams cordoned off the house and searched the property for evidence.

The blue tape and crime scene investigation van did not leave the scene until 4.45pm.

Another resident of Worcester Road said: “It’s terrifying to think about what’s gone on.

“My husband works nights and it makes me very nervous to think that something like this can happen to a woman on her own.

“The police have been here all day but won’t tell us what’s happened and I’m getting really scared.”

Another resident said: “We heard shouting and someone swearing and calling her names but we couldn’t see anything until they came out of the house.

“There was three of them and they all ran off down the ginnel.”

Detective Inspector Marie Haworth said: “The robbery occurred at just before 9pm on Monday when three men entered the house on Worcester Road and made threats towards the occupants.

“The full circumstances around exactly what has happened are unclear at this stage and we have officers supporting the family and working with them to establish exactly what has happened.

“The men have stolen some cash, jewellery and several mobile phones.

“Fortunately no-one was injured but the victims have clearly been left very shaken and we are very keen to speak to anyone that might have any information that could assist the investigation.

“If anyone thinks they can help then we would urge them to contact police on 101.”

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9:26am Wed 12 Mar 14

GracesDad says...

One has to seriously wonder why three armed men would break into a council house with robbery in mind. Makes me wonder what they were expecting to find in there!
One has to seriously wonder why three armed men would break into a council house with robbery in mind. Makes me wonder what they were expecting to find in there! GracesDad
  • Score: 17

10:00am Wed 12 Mar 14

holmesy69 says...

It will end being something to do with the family
It will end being something to do with the family holmesy69
  • Score: 43

11:12am Wed 12 Mar 14

HarryBosch says...

GracesDad wrote:
One has to seriously wonder why three armed men would break into a council house with robbery in mind. Makes me wonder what they were expecting to find in there!
IMO this incident appears to be following a pattern of similar incidents which have been perpetrated over recent months, were Asian families are being targeted, primarily for jewellery and other valuables. It does not seem to be the properties that are being targeted but the individuals. These perpetrators appear to be waiting until the man of the house is away and the most vulnerable members of the household are home alone. There have been numerous similar incidents in Accrington, Burnley, Great Harwood and others in Blackburn. Homes have been targeted were women were alone and even when teenage girls were home alone. It is very worrying that there doesn't appear to be any progress made in identifying the persons concerned.
The most appropriate advice, as has been pointed out in the past, is to keep jewellery and other valuables in a bank safe.
It is only a matter of time before there will be a more serious outcome.
[quote][p][bold]GracesDad[/bold] wrote: One has to seriously wonder why three armed men would break into a council house with robbery in mind. Makes me wonder what they were expecting to find in there![/p][/quote]IMO this incident appears to be following a pattern of similar incidents which have been perpetrated over recent months, were Asian families are being targeted, primarily for jewellery and other valuables. It does not seem to be the properties that are being targeted but the individuals. These perpetrators appear to be waiting until the man of the house is away and the most vulnerable members of the household are home alone. There have been numerous similar incidents in Accrington, Burnley, Great Harwood and others in Blackburn. Homes have been targeted were women were alone and even when teenage girls were home alone. It is very worrying that there doesn't appear to be any progress made in identifying the persons concerned. The most appropriate advice, as has been pointed out in the past, is to keep jewellery and other valuables in a bank safe. It is only a matter of time before there will be a more serious outcome. HarryBosch
  • Score: 34

11:21am Wed 12 Mar 14

GracesDad says...

HarryBosch wrote:
GracesDad wrote:
One has to seriously wonder why three armed men would break into a council house with robbery in mind. Makes me wonder what they were expecting to find in there!
IMO this incident appears to be following a pattern of similar incidents which have been perpetrated over recent months, were Asian families are being targeted, primarily for jewellery and other valuables. It does not seem to be the properties that are being targeted but the individuals. These perpetrators appear to be waiting until the man of the house is away and the most vulnerable members of the household are home alone. There have been numerous similar incidents in Accrington, Burnley, Great Harwood and others in Blackburn. Homes have been targeted were women were alone and even when teenage girls were home alone. It is very worrying that there doesn't appear to be any progress made in identifying the persons concerned.
The most appropriate advice, as has been pointed out in the past, is to keep jewellery and other valuables in a bank safe.
It is only a matter of time before there will be a more serious outcome.
Harry, you should apply to become the new Pink Panther ;)
[quote][p][bold]HarryBosch[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GracesDad[/bold] wrote: One has to seriously wonder why three armed men would break into a council house with robbery in mind. Makes me wonder what they were expecting to find in there![/p][/quote]IMO this incident appears to be following a pattern of similar incidents which have been perpetrated over recent months, were Asian families are being targeted, primarily for jewellery and other valuables. It does not seem to be the properties that are being targeted but the individuals. These perpetrators appear to be waiting until the man of the house is away and the most vulnerable members of the household are home alone. There have been numerous similar incidents in Accrington, Burnley, Great Harwood and others in Blackburn. Homes have been targeted were women were alone and even when teenage girls were home alone. It is very worrying that there doesn't appear to be any progress made in identifying the persons concerned. The most appropriate advice, as has been pointed out in the past, is to keep jewellery and other valuables in a bank safe. It is only a matter of time before there will be a more serious outcome.[/p][/quote]Harry, you should apply to become the new Pink Panther ;) GracesDad
  • Score: 13

11:59am Wed 12 Mar 14

Joseph O'M says...

I hope the family are okay and that the child is able to get over this ordeal...
I hope the family are okay and that the child is able to get over this ordeal... Joseph O'M
  • Score: 30

1:12pm Wed 12 Mar 14

thoroughbred says...

East Lancs is fast becoming a ghetto
East Lancs is fast becoming a ghetto thoroughbred
  • Score: 14

1:28pm Wed 12 Mar 14

HarryBosch says...

Graces Dad - In a past life fella, but I was just attempting to dispel the theory that you appeared to be suggesting about council houses and the possibility of not finding anything of value in them. On the contrary, many hard working people live in council houses (or more likely Housing Association properties)!
However, the information I quoted in my previous post is gleaned solely from reports in the local press over the past months.
Graces Dad - In a past life fella, but I was just attempting to dispel the theory that you appeared to be suggesting about council houses and the possibility of not finding anything of value in them. On the contrary, many hard working people live in council houses (or more likely Housing Association properties)! However, the information I quoted in my previous post is gleaned solely from reports in the local press over the past months. HarryBosch
  • Score: 11

4:49pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Benpupdog says...

It would help to catch these thieves if we knew a little more about them. I appreciate they were wearing scarves but even so you can tell size, approx. age, build and colour.
It would help to catch these thieves if we knew a little more about them. I appreciate they were wearing scarves but even so you can tell size, approx. age, build and colour. Benpupdog
  • Score: 16

5:23pm Wed 12 Mar 14

woolywords says...

Harry,
You are not alone in your thinking that there is a group, at large, whom are targeting lone females in homes, with the intent of robbing them. It is rapidly becoming a worrying trend in this area and I urge everyone to take better precautions for their families security.
Sadly, banks are no longer offering safety deposit facilities to people, which means that many are keeping high value items at home with them. I strongly urge them to consider getting a small safe or security box, where only the male head of house has the combination to it, so that this will frustrate any future attacks.
Thankfully, more and more jewellers are becoming aware of these types of crimes and keen to assist in catching the offenders, as happened in February of this year.
Harry, You are not alone in your thinking that there is a group, at large, whom are targeting lone females in homes, with the intent of robbing them. It is rapidly becoming a worrying trend in this area and I urge everyone to take better precautions for their families security. Sadly, banks are no longer offering safety deposit facilities to people, which means that many are keeping high value items at home with them. I strongly urge them to consider getting a small safe or security box, where only the male head of house has the combination to it, so that this will frustrate any future attacks. Thankfully, more and more jewellers are becoming aware of these types of crimes and keen to assist in catching the offenders, as happened in February of this year. woolywords
  • Score: 3

6:30pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Amcap says...

What a joke
Council house, 4 children under 5, husband swans off to Dubai. Tell me how the husband could afford to swan of to Dubai, please let me into his secret.
Another SCAM
What a joke Council house, 4 children under 5, husband swans off to Dubai. Tell me how the husband could afford to swan of to Dubai, please let me into his secret. Another SCAM Amcap
  • Score: -3

7:31pm Wed 12 Mar 14

darwenTower says...

Amcap wrote:
What a joke
Council house, 4 children under 5, husband swans off to Dubai. Tell me how the husband could afford to swan of to Dubai, please let me into his secret.
Another SCAM
He could afford it because there is always a load of cash in the houses of a particular demographic, hence them being regular targets.

Not that i'm condoning the acts of the scumbags who go out robbing them.

Just saying.
[quote][p][bold]Amcap[/bold] wrote: What a joke Council house, 4 children under 5, husband swans off to Dubai. Tell me how the husband could afford to swan of to Dubai, please let me into his secret. Another SCAM[/p][/quote]He could afford it because there is always a load of cash in the houses of a particular demographic, hence them being regular targets. Not that i'm condoning the acts of the scumbags who go out robbing them. Just saying. darwenTower
  • Score: 5

8:17pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Chipdan says...

What has this town turned into! I dread to think what will be going on in 20years. GONE TO THE DOGS!
What has this town turned into! I dread to think what will be going on in 20years. GONE TO THE DOGS! Chipdan
  • Score: 12

8:51pm Wed 12 Mar 14

fannystrim says...

the first and only thing that should be commented on is the welfare of the family
hope they catch the scum bags who did it
the first and only thing that should be commented on is the welfare of the family hope they catch the scum bags who did it fannystrim
  • Score: 9

7:19am Thu 13 Mar 14

BuckoTheMoose says...

How's that gun ban working out for ya?

Gun ban = armed criminals and defenceless victims.
How's that gun ban working out for ya? Gun ban = armed criminals and defenceless victims. BuckoTheMoose
  • Score: -4

8:56am Thu 13 Mar 14

useyourhead says...

I fail to see why anyone thinks because they are in a council house they shouldn't have any money, not all tenants are on benefits. I grew up in one, with two very hardworking non claiming parents. That said, whether you live in a tent or gated community you shouldn't be faced with these callous lowlifes. I hope they can one day feel safe there again.
I fail to see why anyone thinks because they are in a council house they shouldn't have any money, not all tenants are on benefits. I grew up in one, with two very hardworking non claiming parents. That said, whether you live in a tent or gated community you shouldn't be faced with these callous lowlifes. I hope they can one day feel safe there again. useyourhead
  • Score: 8

2:42pm Thu 13 Mar 14

ChrisDeBerg says...

BuckoTheMoose wrote:
How's that gun ban working out for ya?

Gun ban = armed criminals and defenceless victims.
Not too bad really, criminals will carry guns full stop... If everyone has guns, then gun crime gets worse, kids end up picking up guns and either hurting themselves or shooting up a school full of defenceless victims, certain beauty models get shot through bathroom doors etc etc... I'm going to make an educated observation and guess you are a yank?? WE DONT NEED GUNS!
[quote][p][bold]BuckoTheMoose[/bold] wrote: How's that gun ban working out for ya? Gun ban = armed criminals and defenceless victims.[/p][/quote]Not too bad really, criminals will carry guns full stop... If everyone has guns, then gun crime gets worse, kids end up picking up guns and either hurting themselves or shooting up a school full of defenceless victims, certain beauty models get shot through bathroom doors etc etc... I'm going to make an educated observation and guess you are a yank?? WE DONT NEED GUNS! ChrisDeBerg
  • Score: 6

3:05pm Thu 13 Mar 14

BuckoTheMoose says...

ChrisDeBerg wrote:
BuckoTheMoose wrote:
How's that gun ban working out for ya?

Gun ban = armed criminals and defenceless victims.
Not too bad really, criminals will carry guns full stop... If everyone has guns, then gun crime gets worse, kids end up picking up guns and either hurting themselves or shooting up a school full of defenceless victims, certain beauty models get shot through bathroom doors etc etc... I'm going to make an educated observation and guess you are a yank?? WE DONT NEED GUNS!
Nope. Born and live in Darwen. Just studied the issue a lot and know that violent crime is higher in countries / areas where citizens are disarmed.
[quote][p][bold]ChrisDeBerg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BuckoTheMoose[/bold] wrote: How's that gun ban working out for ya? Gun ban = armed criminals and defenceless victims.[/p][/quote]Not too bad really, criminals will carry guns full stop... If everyone has guns, then gun crime gets worse, kids end up picking up guns and either hurting themselves or shooting up a school full of defenceless victims, certain beauty models get shot through bathroom doors etc etc... I'm going to make an educated observation and guess you are a yank?? WE DONT NEED GUNS![/p][/quote]Nope. Born and live in Darwen. Just studied the issue a lot and know that violent crime is higher in countries / areas where citizens are disarmed. BuckoTheMoose
  • Score: -6

7:32pm Thu 13 Mar 14

BIGGLESTOE says...

ChrisDeBerg wrote:
BuckoTheMoose wrote:
How's that gun ban working out for ya?

Gun ban = armed criminals and defenceless victims.
Not too bad really, criminals will carry guns full stop... If everyone has guns, then gun crime gets worse, kids end up picking up guns and either hurting themselves or shooting up a school full of defenceless victims, certain beauty models get shot through bathroom doors etc etc... I'm going to make an educated observation and guess you are a yank?? WE DONT NEED GUNS!
Your bang on there Chris, no-one wants to hear of another 'Lady in red'!!
[quote][p][bold]ChrisDeBerg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BuckoTheMoose[/bold] wrote: How's that gun ban working out for ya? Gun ban = armed criminals and defenceless victims.[/p][/quote]Not too bad really, criminals will carry guns full stop... If everyone has guns, then gun crime gets worse, kids end up picking up guns and either hurting themselves or shooting up a school full of defenceless victims, certain beauty models get shot through bathroom doors etc etc... I'm going to make an educated observation and guess you are a yank?? WE DONT NEED GUNS![/p][/quote]Your bang on there Chris, no-one wants to hear of another 'Lady in red'!! BIGGLESTOE
  • Score: 2

8:30pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Steven Seagull says...

BuckoTheMoose wrote:
How's that gun ban working out for ya?

Gun ban = armed criminals and defenceless victims.
What's your point?
[quote][p][bold]BuckoTheMoose[/bold] wrote: How's that gun ban working out for ya? Gun ban = armed criminals and defenceless victims.[/p][/quote]What's your point? Steven Seagull
  • Score: 1

8:32pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Steven Seagull says...

BuckoTheMoose wrote:
ChrisDeBerg wrote:
BuckoTheMoose wrote:
How's that gun ban working out for ya?

Gun ban = armed criminals and defenceless victims.
Not too bad really, criminals will carry guns full stop... If everyone has guns, then gun crime gets worse, kids end up picking up guns and either hurting themselves or shooting up a school full of defenceless victims, certain beauty models get shot through bathroom doors etc etc... I'm going to make an educated observation and guess you are a yank?? WE DONT NEED GUNS!
Nope. Born and live in Darwen. Just studied the issue a lot and know that violent crime is higher in countries / areas where citizens are disarmed.
What an utter bellend you are. You live in Darwen not the bronze.
[quote][p][bold]BuckoTheMoose[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChrisDeBerg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BuckoTheMoose[/bold] wrote: How's that gun ban working out for ya? Gun ban = armed criminals and defenceless victims.[/p][/quote]Not too bad really, criminals will carry guns full stop... If everyone has guns, then gun crime gets worse, kids end up picking up guns and either hurting themselves or shooting up a school full of defenceless victims, certain beauty models get shot through bathroom doors etc etc... I'm going to make an educated observation and guess you are a yank?? WE DONT NEED GUNS![/p][/quote]Nope. Born and live in Darwen. Just studied the issue a lot and know that violent crime is higher in countries / areas where citizens are disarmed.[/p][/quote]What an utter bellend you are. You live in Darwen not the bronze. Steven Seagull
  • Score: 3

9:56pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Steven Seagull says...

BRONX!!!
BRONX!!! Steven Seagull
  • Score: -1

7:25am Fri 14 Mar 14

BuckoTheMoose says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
BuckoTheMoose wrote:
How's that gun ban working out for ya?

Gun ban = armed criminals and defenceless victims.
What's your point?
Erm..

The stuff I said
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BuckoTheMoose[/bold] wrote: How's that gun ban working out for ya? Gun ban = armed criminals and defenceless victims.[/p][/quote]What's your point?[/p][/quote]Erm.. The stuff I said BuckoTheMoose
  • Score: 1

7:27am Fri 14 Mar 14

BuckoTheMoose says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
BuckoTheMoose wrote:
ChrisDeBerg wrote:
BuckoTheMoose wrote:
How's that gun ban working out for ya?

Gun ban = armed criminals and defenceless victims.
Not too bad really, criminals will carry guns full stop... If everyone has guns, then gun crime gets worse, kids end up picking up guns and either hurting themselves or shooting up a school full of defenceless victims, certain beauty models get shot through bathroom doors etc etc... I'm going to make an educated observation and guess you are a yank?? WE DONT NEED GUNS!
Nope. Born and live in Darwen. Just studied the issue a lot and know that violent crime is higher in countries / areas where citizens are disarmed.
What an utter bellend you are. You live in Darwen not the bronze.
That's a well rounded argument, calling me a name. You don't have to live in the bronx to believe in the right to armed self defence.
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BuckoTheMoose[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChrisDeBerg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BuckoTheMoose[/bold] wrote: How's that gun ban working out for ya? Gun ban = armed criminals and defenceless victims.[/p][/quote]Not too bad really, criminals will carry guns full stop... If everyone has guns, then gun crime gets worse, kids end up picking up guns and either hurting themselves or shooting up a school full of defenceless victims, certain beauty models get shot through bathroom doors etc etc... I'm going to make an educated observation and guess you are a yank?? WE DONT NEED GUNS![/p][/quote]Nope. Born and live in Darwen. Just studied the issue a lot and know that violent crime is higher in countries / areas where citizens are disarmed.[/p][/quote]What an utter bellend you are. You live in Darwen not the bronze.[/p][/quote]That's a well rounded argument, calling me a name. You don't have to live in the bronx to believe in the right to armed self defence. BuckoTheMoose
  • Score: 1

3:51pm Wed 2 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

BuckoTheMoose wrote:
Steven Seagull wrote:
BuckoTheMoose wrote:
ChrisDeBerg wrote:
BuckoTheMoose wrote:
How's that gun ban working out for ya?

Gun ban = armed criminals and defenceless victims.
Not too bad really, criminals will carry guns full stop... If everyone has guns, then gun crime gets worse, kids end up picking up guns and either hurting themselves or shooting up a school full of defenceless victims, certain beauty models get shot through bathroom doors etc etc... I'm going to make an educated observation and guess you are a yank?? WE DONT NEED GUNS!
Nope. Born and live in Darwen. Just studied the issue a lot and know that violent crime is higher in countries / areas where citizens are disarmed.
What an utter bellend you are. You live in Darwen not the bronze.
That's a well rounded argument, calling me a name. You don't have to live in the bronx to believe in the right to armed self defence.
And just within reach of police Bburn HQ they were probably busy checking their answering machine !!
[quote][p][bold]BuckoTheMoose[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BuckoTheMoose[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChrisDeBerg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BuckoTheMoose[/bold] wrote: How's that gun ban working out for ya? Gun ban = armed criminals and defenceless victims.[/p][/quote]Not too bad really, criminals will carry guns full stop... If everyone has guns, then gun crime gets worse, kids end up picking up guns and either hurting themselves or shooting up a school full of defenceless victims, certain beauty models get shot through bathroom doors etc etc... I'm going to make an educated observation and guess you are a yank?? WE DONT NEED GUNS![/p][/quote]Nope. Born and live in Darwen. Just studied the issue a lot and know that violent crime is higher in countries / areas where citizens are disarmed.[/p][/quote]What an utter bellend you are. You live in Darwen not the bronze.[/p][/quote]That's a well rounded argument, calling me a name. You don't have to live in the bronx to believe in the right to armed self defence.[/p][/quote]And just within reach of police Bburn HQ they were probably busy checking their answering machine !! ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 1

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