FIVE men broke into a family home and stole £200,000 worth of items while a five-year-old girl was asleep upstairs.

The incident happened between 9.10pm and 9.20pm on Friday (January 27) at a farm house in a secluded area of Eynsham.

A 55-year-old woman was home at the time, along with a five-year-old girl who was asleep upstairs. The other occupants of the property were out at the time.

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The group of offenders entered the house through an upstairs window and then forced the woman to get down on the floor while they proceeded to search the house.

They caused damage to the property before stealing items worth around £200,000.

These items included a firearms safe which contained three rifles, two shotguns and ammunition, as well as items of jewellery and handbags.

They also stole the woman’s mobile phone and car, a blue Nissan Juke with the partial number plate WU69.

The offenders then left the home in this vehicle as well as dark coloured coupe, possible an Audi S5 or A5.

No one was injured as a result of this incident.

Investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Simon Pond, based at Banbury Police station, said: “This was a hugely distressing incident for the victim, as well as the rest of the family who were not present during the break in, especially as it occurred while a young child was asleep.”

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Anyone with information is urged to contact police quoting reference number 43230041088.


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This story was written by Gee Harland. She joined the team in 2022 as a senior multimedia reporter.

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