Mother-to-be in machete raid at her home in Wollerton

Police have said they believe a heavily pregnant woman who was tied up and burgled at her Shropshire home was not the intended target.

Victoria Ratheram, 28, who was eight months pregnant, was threatened by three men at her home in Wollerton, near Market Drayton, on Thursday.

Burglars brandishing machetes and a baseball bat demanded money while her three-year-old son was in the room.

Police said two people in another house in the area were also attacked.

The occupants of both premises were assaulted but are not thought to have been seriously injured.

A man and a woman were taken to hospital from the second address for treatment to cuts and bruises.


Det Ch Insp Alan Edwards of West Mercia Police said: "I believe they've realised they've gone to the wrong premises, left there, gone to a premises nearby and carried out a similar attack.

"This is not a random attack, but a mistake."

Ms Ratheram told ITV's Daybreak programme she had been "terrified".

She said: "They asked for a safe and I was tied up in the hall as they ransacked the house and searched.

"Then I was moved into the nursery when they didn't find a safe, and tied to a chair with my dog in the room and my son."

She was freed by a neighbour who called at her cottage.

Det Ch Insp Edwards said the men had left the second property at about 09:05 BST on Thursday in a black Range Rover, which was found abandoned.

He said he believed the men could have then transferred to a silver saloon, which might also have been in the village the previous evening.

"We've got a lot of information coming in. We're working really hard on this inquiry with a large team."

West Mercia Police have urged anyone with information on the attacks in Wollerton to contact them on the non-emergency 101 number.

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