A Bermondsey family was left traumatised after three armed masked men stormed into their home while they were watching television and threatened to shoot them.
The family of six, including two children and elderly relatives, were at their home in Grange Road when the men burst through the open patio doors armed with a machine gun, rifle and a machete.
They demanded money and access to the safe but fled empty handed during the incident shortly after midnight on Saturday, June 9.
The family was not harmed during the incident, although the two children were said to have been left traumatised.
Police have not found a motive for the attempted aggravated burglary and are now appealing for the community to help.
The first suspect is described as of Mediterranean appearance, possibly Turkish, aged in his 30s, 5ft 5ins tall, of slim build, wearing black clothing and a balaclava. He was armed with a large rifle, about two feet long.
The second suspect is described as of Mediterranean appearance, possibly Turkish, aged in his 30s, 5ft 7inches tall, of slim build, wearing black clothes and a balaclava. He was armed with a machete.
The third suspect is described as light-skinned black male, of slim build, 5ft 9inches tall, wearing black clothes and a balaclava.
He was armed with what was described as a machine gun.
DC Dave Reed from the Met’s Flying Squad, said: “These three men entered this family’s home armed with an array of weapons, striking terror into the whole family.
“Two children were present at the time, and they have understandably been left traumatised by this incident.
“We are unaware of a motive and would ask the community for assistance.
“If you have any information about this incident, no matter how insignificant you think it may be, please contact police. You will be treated in the strictest confidence.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Flying Squad detectives on 020 8345 4219 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
There were no reports of any injuries.