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1000 reward as police renew Bermondsey machine gun attack appeal

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Crimestoppers has offered a £1,000 reward for information as detectives renew their appeal for information regarding an incident where three men burst into a family home in Grange Road armed with a machine gun, a rifle and a machete.

The incident occurred shortly after midnight on Saturday 9 June. The family of six were watching television at their home in Grange Road, Bermonday, when three men burst into the house through the open patio doors, armed with a machine gun, a rifle and a machete.

The men threatened to shoot the family, including children and elderly family members. They demanded money and access to the safe but fled empty handed.

There were no reports of any injuries.

The first suspect is described as of Mediterranean appearance, possibly Turkish, aged in his 30s, 5ft 5 inches tall, of slim build, wearing black clothing and a balaclava. He was armed with a large rifle, about two feet long.

The second suspect is described as of Mediterranean appearance, possibly Turkish, aged in his 30s, 5ft 7 inches tall, of slim build, wearing black clothes and a balaclava. He was armed with a machete.

The third suspect is described as a light skinned black male, of slim build, 5ft 9 inches tall, wearing black clothes and a balaclava. He was armed with what was described as a machine gun.

DC Dave Reed from the Met's Flying Squad said: "These three men entered this family's home armed with an array of weapons, striking terror into the whole family. Two children were present at the time, and they have understandably been left traumatised by this incident.

"We are unaware of a motive and would ask the community for assistance. If you have any information about this incident, no matter how insignificant you think it may be, please contact police. You will be treated in the strictest confidence."

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Flying Squad detectives on 020 8345 4219.

If you feel unable to speak directly to police, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use their non-traceable online form.

Everyone who contacts Crimestoppers stays 100 per cent anonymous.

A reward of up to 1,000 is available for any information given to Crimestoppers that leads to an arrest and charge.

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