DETECTIVES are hunting three masked raiders who tied up and robbed an elderly couple in their own home.
The victims, who are both in their 70s, were forced to lie on the floor while the gang tied them up, before ransacking their remote village home in Manley.
They escaped with a quantity of cash and other valuables following Tuesday evening's burglary, leaving the terrified couple tied up on the floor.
Following the ordeal, which happened at 7.40pm, the pensioners managed to struggle free once their attackers had left the property and raised the alarm by calling the police.
Detectives are now keen to talk to anyone who may have any information which can help them catch the gang, which left the couple 'shocked, but uninjured'.
Cheshire Constabulary spokesman Ivor Lewis said the descriptions of the males were very vague because they all had their faces covered by balaclavas and wore dark clothing.
But he added: 'One hour earlier, at 6.40pm, a vehicle was parked in the car park of Manley Village Hall.
'This vehicle was a Nissan Almera, five-door saloon and was red.
This vehicle is believed to have been used by the offenders.'
Since the attack, police have confirmed that the Nissan Almera was used by the offenders, who were believed to be unarmed, and was stolen from St Helens in Merseyside on November 1.
This has since been recovered. It was found still in the car park at Manley Village Hall and was displaying false number-plates.
It is thought this might indicate the men had another getaway vehicle waiting nearby.
They have asked villagers to think back to see if they can recall any suspicious vehicles in the village around the time of the burglary.
'Police are asking for any witnesses who saw the vehicle at the time of the offence or who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area at the relevant time - or indeed in the days leading up to the incident - to contact them,' added Mr Lewis.
At the moment, detectives are treating the burglary as an isolated incident and are not linking it to any other cases.
Anyone with information is urged to contact DS Nigel Groom or DC Karen Snasdale at Northwich CID on 01244 613235 or on the free and confidential Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555 111.