A GANG of youths disguised with bandannas and masks have carried out a string of terrifying robberies after forcing themselves into people’s homes.

Police are calling for anyone with information to help them capture the gang they believe is responsible for six similar crimes in the Thamesmead area since February.

Greenwich police commander Chief Superintendent Christopher Jarratt said in one instance the occupants were shown a gun and during all the robberies “very real threats of violence have been given“.

He added: “There are six we are investigating at the moment which follow the same pattern.”

The gang is made up of three or four men who are described as black and in their late teens or early 20s.

So far they have netted cash – in one case £9,000 – vehicles and electrical goods such as mobile phones, televisions and computer games.

No one has been physically injured in the raids.

But Mr Jarratt said: “They have used a shocking amount of violence for what amounts to minor robberies on peaceful members of the community from all different backgrounds.”

Because they have in the past struck randomly at different times of the day, he said: “We are asking the public to maintain awareness and always check who is there first before opening the door.”

Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.