MASKED knifemen who terrorised a York family in their own home and kicked the family dog around the house remain at large, almost a year on.

Three men wearing balaclavas broke into the house at Askham Richard on January 26 last year, carrying knives and hammers, and terrorised the family before stealing jewellery, cash and the keys to a white Mercedes convertible. They fled in the E-Class Mercedes, which police later found abandoned in Haggs Lane, near Colton.

The mother of the family, who was held at knifepoint with her husband and children, said in October the criminals had "no idea of the aftermath" of the aggravated burglary, during which they also kicked the family dog "from wall to wall".

The woman, who asked not to be named, previously said: "The fact that these boys - and I say boys as they were not men - chose to enter our home when the children were present, makes them beyond heartless."

The charity Crimestoppers recently announced a reward of £5,000 from the family to anyone who could provide information which led to the identification and prosecution of the three men, but a year on from the incident, no arrests have been made.

The three suspects were all white, the first one had a stocky build, was five feet 10 inches tall, weighed about 16 stone, was aged in his mid to late twenties and was wearing a black, full-face balaclava, but had bulging eyes.

The other two suspects were both in their early twenties with skinny builds and wearing full-face balaclavas. One was about six feet tall, and the other was about five feet eight inches tall.

The thieves also stole a family heirloom during the burglary; a citrine pendant with pearls around it on gold belcher chain in a white, Ogden's of Harrogate jewellery box.

Police previously released this CCTV still of a sliver Vauxhall Corsa they believe was connected to the burglary, and appealed to anyone who saw it in the area at the time or can identify the occupants or owner of the vehicle, to contact them.

Anyone with information should contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111, or through its online form at