A GROUP of men who tormented and tied up three victims after forcing entry into their house have been convicted.

Fernando Anyere, 34, Scott Harris, 34 and Joseph Cabut, 27 were all found guilty of one count of kidnap, two counts of false imprisonment and attempted burglary with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm, following a three week trial at Reading Crown Court.

The fourth man, Christopher Fitzgerald, 56 of Olstead in Bracknell was convicted of attempted burglary with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm.

At around 3am on September 3, Anyere, Harris and Cabut forced their way into a property on Perry Oaks and tied up two victims, a 34 year old woman and 13 year old boy.

Fitzgerald waited in the car.

They then lured a 16-year-old girl out of the house and into another house in Perry Oaks where they demanded information from her and attempted to force entry into the house.

She was then returned to the first property and united with the other two victims.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Will Holbrook, of Force CID based at Maidenhead police station, said: “I would like to thank victims for their support and commend them on their strength throughout this investigation.

“They were subject to a terrifying ordeal in the confines of their own home.

“The offenders showed no regard for the privacy and rights of innocent members of the public, and used violence and fear to carry out their plan.

“This behaviour is unacceptable and Thames Valley Police work hard to bring offenders to justice.”

The four men will be sentenced on June 7 at Reading Crown Court.