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Businessman's family tied up in luxury home raid.

Byline: John Sutton

THE wife and teenage daughter of a Liverpool businessman were tied up in their own home by masked robbers wielding a knife.

The gang of four, who were also armed with a hammer, also tied up one of the 16-year-old girl's friends during the ordeal, which lasted for nearly an hour. They escaped with an opentop car crammed full of electrical goods.

Jonathan Kersh, who owns the Kingdom nightclub, on Harrington Street, Liverpool, was not at his detached home on Druids Park, Calderstones, when the thugs struck.

Nina Kersh, 43, was alone at about 5.50pm when the men entered her home.

Merseyside Police told the Daily Post she was confronted and threatened with a knife and a hammer while the gang demanded to be led to the safe.

When she told them there was no safe, she was tied up. About 40 minutes later, when her daughter and a friend, 16, returned home, they were bound by the gang, who then made off with a black convertible Mini, a computer and a stash of other electrical goods.

Mrs Kersh was able to raise the alarm shortly afterwards.

The car was found abandoned in Walton a few hours after the burglary on Friday, November 19 - police are analysing CCTV from the area, which shows two men running from the vehicle.

Forensic experts have also examined the house and the car for clues since the incident.

Trendy nightspot Kingdom is popular with soap stars, footballers and other celebrities. Mr Kersh was unavailable for comment last night.

Detective Inspector Peter Cain, from Merseyside Police, is leading the investigation. He said: "This victim was in her own home, a place where she should be able to feel safe.

This must have been a very frightening ordeal for her and the two girls involved.

"Although they were uninjured, I''m sure this incident will have a lasting effect on them.

"We treat incidents such as this very seriously and we are working hard to trace the men responsible.

"We''re particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have seen the car being abandoned in Honeysuckle Road, some time after 7pm.

"Any information about this incident, no matter how small, could prove vital to identifying those responsible for this despicable crime."

* ANYONE who has any information about this incident or the car being abandoned is asked to call Admiral Street CID 0151 777 5393 or Crimestoppers anonymously 0800 555 111.

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