Watch: Gang smash into house in terrifying raid to attack man with garden shears
This shocking footage shows the moment a gang smash their way into a house and attack a man with knives and garden shears as he tries to escape.
The gang of 10 men travelled from London to Nottingham in a convoy of vehicles before kicking down the door of the house in the Forest Fields area of the city on 20 May last year.
Footage shows the gang attacking a man as he tries to escape before they steal cannabis plants from inside the property and load them into a vehicle to flee.
Some of the men abandoned their vehicles and tried to run away as police arrived at the scene, arresting them, while others were stopped as they travelled back down the M1 to London.
Josh Dawson, 19, Temi Peters, 22, Bilal Mohamed, 23, Jedidia Kibambe, 25, Gaele Meya, 25, Rex Kibambe, 27, Henock Eskinder, 28, Edmund Mackwar, 30, Earl Coelho De Carvalho, 23, all from London, and Toryon David, 24, of Ramsgate, Kent, have all now pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary.
They are due to be sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court on a date yet to be fixed.
Their victim was left needing stitches for injuries to his head and shoulder.
Detective Constable Sarah Gregg, from Nottinghamshire Police, said: "Many neighbours were disturbed by the commotion and saw this frightening incident unfold which was unacceptable to the community in Forest Fields.
"Following the report we responded quickly to secure arrests and undertook an extensive and meticulous investigation involving numerous police teams all working closely together.
"This relentless hard work and excellent teamwork led to the 10 defendants putting in early pleas and we now await their sentencing.
"I would also like to thank the public for their help with our enquiries as the investigation progressed which has helped us bring these violent offenders to justice."
Detective Superintendent Mike Allen added: "Cannabis grows are often used to fund serious organised crime and drive the criminal exploitation of vulnerable adults and children of varying ages.
"Drugs production and dealing is never a low-risk venture. Weapon-enabled violence will always exist around drugs markets as different operators seek to defend, enforce or steal from others.
"Anyone partaking in such illegal activity risks not only the police knocking at their door, a journey to custody, prison time and a criminal record, but they also risk drug dealing competitors using extreme violence to gain entry to their home and being exposed to the possibility of serious injury."
He added: "Occasionally offenders looking to steal cannabis will target the wrong house.
"We never want that to happen, so if you have suspicions about the production of drugs in your community please let us know by calling Nottinghamshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 as you don’t want that house criminals accidentally target to be yours.
"It is for this reason, as a force, we will never tire of seizing cannabis grow sites within neighbourhoods across Nottinghamshire and locking up those responsible."
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