5th April 2020

CCTV released in relation to Bridgwater knifepoint break-in

Avon and Somerset Police are releasing CCTV footage of men they’d like to trace after a woman and her child were tied up and threatened at knifepoint during an aggravated burglary in Bridgwater.

Between 7.50am and 8.15am on Wednesday 21 January, an unknown man went into a house in the Dunwear Lane area of Sydenham through an insecure door.

While inside, the man tied up a woman and her child and threatened them with a knife. A sexual assault took place.

The man, who was wearing a balaclava-type mask over his face, demanded money and jewellery but we believe he left the house empty-handed.

Senior Investigating Officer Det Ch Insp Andy Williams said:

“We’ve identified two pieces of CCTV footage taken from cameras in Bridgwater on Tuesday 20 January – the day before the incident.

“Although the men in the footage look similar and are wearing similar clothing, we can’t conclusively say they are the same person so we could be looking to speak to two men.

The clips show:

Just before 8am on Tuesday 20 January a man is seen walking along Westonzoyland Road.

Shortly after 8am a man is seen walking along St John Street. He jogs over a crossing at the junction with Monmouth Street and goes into Eastover, where he crosses the road into Church Street.

DCI Williams added:

“There’s now a reward of up to £5,000 being offered by the independent charity Crimestoppers for information given to them via their anonymous telephone number 0800 555 111 or anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org, which leads to the arrest and conviction of the man responsible for this horrific offence.

“We’ve received a number of calls since our renewed appeal with some people giving us potential names and some reporting possible sightings.

“Officers working on this inquiry are reviewing this new information and we’ll ensure any potential leads are followed up.

“I’m also continuing to encourage people to think about whether they were in the Dunwear Lane or Westonzoyland Road area of Bridgwater on the morning of Wednesday 21 January, or the days before, and whether they saw or heard anything unusual or suspicious.

“Every piece of information helps. We’re doing everything we can to find this man and bring him to justice.”

If you want to speak directly to Avon and Somerset Police, please call 101 and quote log number 207 of 5 Feb.