Police are appealing for information after armed robbers broke into a property in Penwortham, Lancashire on Saturday evening, holding an 82-year old man and his granddaughter, 8 at knifepoint.
The break-in occurred at around 6pm on Hawkhurst Road, when four men armed with knives and screwdrivers threatened the occupants before ransacking the home.
The robbers described as white, between 5ft 5ins to 5ft 7ins tall and aged in their mid-twenties to early thirties, escaped with cash and personal property.
A spokesperson for South Ribble Police said: "This must have been terrifying for the victims - an elderly man and a child - who were threatened in the place they should be most safe, their home.
"Thankfully, they were not physically hurt but have been left extremely shaken.
"We are following a number of lines of enquiry in order to identify those responsible and are asking anyone who may have been in the area at the time and saw anything suspicious, particularly a dark coloured SUV style vehicle, to contact us."
If you have any further information, you are encouraged to contact South Ribble Police on 101 quoting log number 1084 of November 28th. Alternatively you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.