/ Man and woman threatened in own home

Three men threatened a blind man and his wife with a machete in north Manchester.

Just after 9pm on Friday 15 February 2013, three men entered a home on Charnwood Road, Blackley through the back door and confronted a 36-year-old woman in the kitchen.  One of the men held a machete and began making demands.

Two of the offenders stayed in the kitchen while the other walked into the living room where a 44-year-old man was.  The victim was punched in the face, causing him to fall to the ground, knocking him unconscious.

The men then left, empty handed.

One is described as being white, over 6ft tall, of stocky build and spoke with a local accent.  He wore a black balaclava and light grey tracksuit.

The second is described as wearing a dark grey tracksuit that was split in two halves, with the lower level being a burgundy colour, a balaclava and carried a machete.

The third man is described as being black, 5ft 4in tall, of slim build, brown eyes and spoke with a local accent.  Here wore a black Nike tracksuit top, black trousers and black trainers.

Detective Constable Natalie Qualters-Dunn from North Manchester CID said: “This is a shocking incident that has left both victims scared to be living in their own home, a place where we should feel the safest of all.

“We believe the offenders have targeted the wrong house as they were demanding drugs and to see a man who did not live there and left empty handed.

“Although it may have been a case of mistaken identity, a man who is blind and cannot defend himself has been attacked and punched to the face in the most cowardly manner.

“I would ask anyone who may recognise the description of the men or who may have seen a group of men acting suspiciously to contact police as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 3267 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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