The daughter of a vulnerable elderly couple targeted in a terrifying home raid says her parents will "never be the same again".

Friday March 1 was the day when the lives of Frances and John Anderson would change for the forever when they were terrorised for by two thugs demanding cash.

Shaun Grieves, the main culprit, was a member of the victims' extended family, which made the ordeal even more disturbing.

After watching Grieves and Gary Fee jailed for a combined total of 24 years, Mr and Mrs Anderson's daughter said they should have got longer.

Carol Sewell

Carol Sewell, 56, said: "They have never got over it.

"They are frightened and go round locking doors and putting chains on.

"My mam had a seizure two weeks afterwards and I think it was linked to this, the stress.

"Someone needs to be with my dad all the time now because he's frightened."

Carol said it was just after 9.10am on the snowy morning in March that Grieves and Fee struck at the bungalow in Pelaw, Gateshead.

Mr Anderson, 81, had been to get the paper and had not locked the back door.

The raiders just let themselves in, stealing £700 cash and two mobiles phones as Mrs Anderson, 79, had an epileptic seizure on the bedroom floor.

Shaun Grieves

Grieves was jailed for 13 years while Fee got 11 years but Carol said she was a "bit disappointed, for what they put them through" to learn they will only serve up to half of those sentences in custody.

She said: "I think they should have got a bit more.

"My mam and dad will never be the same.

"They are frightened in their own home."

Carol, of Deckham, Gateshead, said both her mum and dad had a history of health problems. Her dad had suffered heart attacks and had previously had a triple heart bypass, while her mum had had five strokes, heart attacks, had a pacemaker fitted and had epilepsy.

Newcastle Crown Court heard Grieves' sister was married to Mr and Mrs Anderson's son.

Carol said: "He knew all about their health problems.

"He knew they were frail and vulnerable but still did it."

She said she was watching the pair, who appeared in court on a video-link from prison, as the victim impact statements of her parents were read out.

Gary Fee

Carol said: "Gary Fee kept his head down but Shaun Grieves just looked straight ahead. He had no remorse at all.

"I was watching the screen. There's nothing there with him."

Grieves, 33, of no fixed address, and Fee, 43, of Rodsley Avenue, Bensham, Gateshead, were both convicted of aggravated burglary and other offences after a trial.

The court heard Grieves has a long history of drug addiction since he was a child.

After the case, Detective Constable Glen Page, of Northumbria Police’s Central Burglary Team, said: “This was despicable offending that has had a profound impact on the victims.

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“It would have been terrifying to be held at knifepoint by two masked men in their own home and in their own words, they have been living in fear.

“What I believe makes this offending even worse is that Shaun Grieves knew the victims personally and deliberately targeted them because they were elderly and vulnerable.

“We have witnessed first-hand the aftermath of this burglary and we have been determined to secure justice for all the victims of their crime.

“I am satisfied that they will now spend a long time behind bars and I hope that brings some comfort to this couple, and all those others targeted by these men.”