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Masked raiders hold couple captive before raiding their £1m property and stealing an Aston Martin, Range Rover, Mercedes and £50k of jewelery.

Richard Barnfather and his partner Deborah Leadbetter live in 5-bed barn conversion in Pattingham, Shropshire.

The couple had been getting ready for bed just after 10pm on March 9th before the ordeal began.

Mr Barnfather had heard a noise outside his property he thought was a badger, but instead was confronted with 2 masked men.  One of the men brandished a pistol.

A third man was kept at bay by the couples dog Tilly.

Mr Barnfather owns the countries largest independent wire manufacturer, Barnfather Wire Ltd.  

He has put up a reward of £10,000 for further information, and his insurers have added another £4,000 to the total.

During the encounter he was punched by one of the assailants’ on both side of his head simultaneously.  He was taken into the house to the bedroom where Miss Leadbetter was held.  The couple feared they would be shot.

Miss Ledbetter’s head was slammed against a wall before their feet and hands were tied.

The gang made off separately in the couples cars.  A silver Aston Martin DBS, a black Range Rover Vogue and a silver Mercedes SLK convertible.

The cars worth a combined £300,000 were later found in different locations 15 miles from the couple’s house.

£50,000 of jewelery was stolen which included a £25k diamond engagement ring, a ladies Cartier watch and a gentleman’s Breitling watch.

The couple managed to free themselves after the gang had escaped and raised the alarm.

Mr Barnfather said ‘we feared for our lives, these men are dangerous and must be caught’.

Miss Leadbetter is apparently so traumatized by the ordeal she has not been able to talk about it.