A man from Plumstead has been jailed after a terrifying burglary during which residents, including two small children, were threatened with a gun.

Chino Parkinson, 22, of Granite Street, was found guilty yesterday at the Old Bailey and sentenced to eight years in prison for aggravated burglary.

The court that heard shortly after midnight on August 20, three men entered a home in Tottenham.

One of the men was believed to be carrying a handgun.

The seven residents, who included two young children aged six and 10, were all forced into the living room and cash was demanded.

The gun was pointed at two adults.

One of the burglars remained in the living room, while the other two searched upstairs. The men then fled empty-handed but threatened to return the next day.

Detectives in Haringey launched an investigation to identify the suspects, which included a full forensic examination of the crime scene.

Examiners found a fingerprint on a plastic box in the bedroom which identified Parkinson as a suspect and he was arrested.

The other two burglars have not been found.

Detective Constable Stacey Cooper said: “This was a horrific case, with two young children exposed to a group of men armed with a gun.

"Despite the overwhelming forensic evidence in this case the defendant continued to protest his innocence."

Anyone with information on the other two men should contact police on 101, or by tweeting @MetCC

Information can also be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.