Investigation launched after aggravated burglary in Gateshead
16 Jan 2018 16:00 PM[View Full Size]
An investigation has been launched after an aggravated burglary at an address in Gateshead.
At around 11.15am this afternoon police received a report that a man had forced entry to an address on Durham Road.
He threatened the 35-year-old female occupant with a screwdriver before he was disturbed by her father as he returned to the address.
The man was involved with an altercation with the father before he fled the address empty handed, leaving behind a cap and his glasses.
Thankfully neither the woman or her father were injured during the incident.
Officers have been carrying out searches in the area throughout the day and patrols have been stepped up in the area.
Now the investigative team have appealed for anyone who saw the man in question acting suspiciously in the area to get in touch
Detective Inspector Angela Hufton, of Central CID, said: "Following the report of this incident we have acted quickly to secure the scene and carry out extensive searches.
"It would have been a very scary incident for the woman involved and it is fortunate that her father returned when he did.
"Enquiries into the incident are ongoing and we do need to speak to anyone who may have seen the person responsible in the area of the address.
“We believe he may have been going door-to-door to find an insecure, empty property and chose this address because he did not think anyone was home.
“He would have looked quite distinctive, wearing a cap and glasses, and so if you saw him we would encourage you to get in touch.
"If you saw anyone acting suspiciously on Durham Road, or you have information about the burglary, then please get in touch."
The man in question is described as white, bald, aged in his late 50s to early 60s and around 5ft 8in tall. He was wearing a mustard yellow and green coloured waterproof jacket and dark trousers.
If you have information for police then please call 101 quoting log 330 16/01/18.