A 65-year-old takeaway owner was subjected to a terrifying burglary after she was confronted by three masked men in her home.
The woman returned from work to her home on Highbury Avenue in Layton, at around 11pm on Saturday, when she was threatened with violence before being shut in her own bathroom.
One of the men stood guard over her while the other two searched her home, taking cash and several highly valuable pieces of jewellery.
Among the items stolen were two Rolex watches, two Omega watches and a necklace from China which holds sentimental value.
The men also took the woman’s car keys, and escaped from her home in her silver Mercedes.
The woman was unhurt, but has been left badly shaken.
Det Sgt Mark Dickinson from Blackpool CID said: “This was an organised and terrifying attack on a woman in her own home and I would reassure people that a thorough investigation is underway.
“I am certain the offenders will have planned and discussed the offence with others and will be trying to sell the stolen property on.
“We are keen to identify and recover stolen property and would ask people to be vigilant in respect of the stolen car, particularly as the number-plates are likely to have been changed.
“I would also encourage anyone with connections to the jewellery trade to consider items offered to them for sale.”
The offenders are believed to be white and aged in their 20s or 30s. They were all dressed in dark clothing.
Anyone with information should call Lancashire police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.