A gang of men looking for drugs burst into a woman’s home in Newthorpe and beat her up so badly she thought she was going to die.
The four men attacked the woman with a spanner and a metal bat until she was covered in blood and handcuffed her 80-year-old dad in what police have called a ‘ruthless and vicious’ attack.
It appears they were looking for cannabis, and got the wrong house.
The woman, who did not want to be named, said: “I was so scared. I couldn’t believe they didn’t knock me out because there was blood all over the floor and walls.
“I just kept thinking, I’ve got to press the house panic button or grab my mobile phone. I was thinking, ‘I’ve got to do something or I’m going to be dead’.”
The 45-year-old described how she was sat at her computer when she heard the front door being forced open.
“They were shouting, ‘it’s the police’ it’s the police’,” she said.
“I went out into the hall and tried to shut the door on them, but they just pushed me over. One of them hit me round the head with a metal bat and then they started beating me up.
“They were hitting me with a spanner and a metal baseball bat.
“My t-shirt was covered in blood when I looked down.
“My dad came down trying to help me but they grabbed him and pinned him down in the hallway, then handcuffed him.”
The woman grabbed a piece of metal off the baby gate at the bottom of the stairs to defend herself and they kept repeatedly asking her for cannabis.
“I started asking them what they wanted,” she said.
“They kept asking for cannabis and I was saying ‘I don’t do cannabis. I don’t do any drugs’.
“They came back down and went into the garage through the kitchen, where I presume they were looking for the drugs again, and then left.”
But despite the woman’s ordeal she said she does not feel anger towards her attackers, just pity.
“I’m not angry towards them. It’s obvious they’re on drugs. They shouldn’t have done what they did but there’s no point in having anger. At least I am still alive. I count myself lucky. I need to move on and I hope justice will catch them eventually.”
The incident happened in Moorgreen last Friday at about 9pm.
The officer in charge of the case, DC Carl Miller, said: It was a ruthless, viscious attack.
“Why they targeted that address we simply don’t know.
“They have got nothing to do with any criminal activity whatsoever. It was completely innocent people.”
But DC Miller said drug dealers looking for drugs to steal is not all that uncommon.
“It has been known to us before,” he said.
“If a gang get wind of someone else growing it they just think it’s easy money, ‘we will go and take theirs and sell it from there.’.
“It stops the risk of them having to grow it themselves and it saves a lot of time and effort.
“They obviously thought drugs were being grown at the address and attacked them.
“Whether it was mistaken identity, or their information was wrong.”
The police are appealing for information and witnesses to come forward.
Call them on 101 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 1110