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  • 20 June 2014, 0:23

Ian Wright 'Angry' As Family Burgled At Knifepoint

Former England international Ian Wright is said to be "really upset and angry" after his wife and children were burgled at knifepoint by four armed men.

A blade was held at his wife Nancy's throat, while his children were threatened with having their fingers cut off, during the robbery on Wednesday night at the family's home in St John's Wood, north-west London, The Sun reported.

Both mother and children are thought to have been separated in different rooms during the burglary.

The gang are understood to have made off with cash and jewellery.

Steve Kutner, Wright's manager, told the newspaper: "It was a terrifying ordeal. They marched Ian's wife from room to room."

The 50-year-old former Arsenal striker tweeted last night: "You won't get away with it!"

Wright, who has been working for ITV in Brazil, flew home immediately as soon as he heard the news and arrived back at London's Heathrow Airport on Thursday afternoon.

He emerged briefly from his home earlier and told reporters his wife was "feeling good that I am back".

"All I want to say, really, is that my missus, my girls, everyone's safe," he said.

"The police are trying to get on doing what they are doing."

A spokeswoman for Wright said earlier: "Nancy is really shaken up. Their kids are so young that hopefully they aren't going to read into it too much. They are all physically OK - Nancy and the kids."

She added: : "Hopefully, with enough media coverage, this won't happen to any other players or people who are over in the World Cup. Ian is trying to get the message out."

Detective Chief Inspector Mick Gornall, of the Metropolitan Police, who is leading the investigation, said: "We are trying to trace these four men, and I'd ask anyone who may know anything to get in touch with my team and help us.

"Fortunately no one was injured during the burglary, but it is still very frightening to have people force their way into your home and threaten you.

"Last night officers went to the address and started carrying out house-to-house inquiries. We are also seizing and reviewing CCTV."

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