Tyne & Wear

Armed burglars tie up and threaten Backworth man

A man was tied up by two armed burglars who forced their way into his Backworth home and threatened him with a gun and knife before stealing cash.

The victim was confronted by the masked men at his home in Sharnford Close, Northumbria Police said.

The man suffered facial injuries and was left "shaken" after the raid which happened at 09:00 GMT on Thursday.

One burglar was of heavy build and aged in his late 40s and the other was slim and aged between 20 and 30.

Northumbria Police said extra officers were in the area to offer reassure local people.

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