Glazing firm boss relives harrowing knifepoint robbery

Police outside a property on Spring Lane,Sprotborough
Police outside a property on Spring Lane,Sprotborough

A WEALTHY businessman who was robbed at knifepoint in front of his wife and children at their family home has spoken about the terrifying ordeal.

Two masked men both brandishing knives got away with a “large quantity” of cash from the detached house near Sprotbrough, occupied by glazing firm boss Adrian Welch.

The father-of-three said it was the worst day of his life, adding: “It was horrendous.”

Mr Welch, 44, and his wife, Vicki, were having tea in the kitchen of their home in Spring Lane while their two youngest children, Harry, 11, and Ruby, six, were playing in the garden when Mr Welch saw the men approach the property about 5.45pm.

They had been driven in a black car up a track at the rear of the property to about 10 metres away from the house.

“I looked out the window and saw them wearing colourful masks. They came at me - it was the biggest shock ever,” he said.

“One of them put a knife to my throat and the other was threatening Vicki and the kids, telling them, ‘Lay down, lay down’, and swearing at them.”

The thugs demanded to know where Mr Welch kept his money and threatened him until he found the key and opened a safe to hand over a bag of money.

“I was fumbling to get the key and he must have thought I was looking for a weapon so he jabbed the knife towards my face,” he said.

“After I gave him the money he demanded jewellery and smashed me under the chin with his fist, which dazed me.”

A neighbour came to the gate and shouted that the police were on the way and the robbers ran off.

The couple’s eldest child Lucy, 14, was in her bedroom and had also called police.

The getaway driver in the black car had already panicked and left without the robbers – so they ran towards Long Lane where they were picked up by a man in a white Ford Transit van.

A 22-year-old man from Woodlands has been arrested and bailed pending further inquiries.

The Welch family run a glazing business based in Hyde Park.

Detective Inspector Richard Parker said: “Incidents of this nature are rare, we believe this is an isolated incident.

“Inquiries are progressing well but we are appealing for witnesses to come forward, they may not have seen anything on he day but may have noticed something unusual in the run up to the robbery, as we think there may have been element of planning.

“However insignificant people think the information may be we want to hear from them.”

Anyone with information about the robbery, last Friday, is urged to contact police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.