MARCH: Elderly man attacked in his home

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MASKED men burst into a March home and assaulted an elderly man before making off with cash and jewellery.

The aggravated burglary happened at the property in River Drive, March, at about 7pm yesterday (December 17).

Three men knocked at the door and forced their way past the 69-year-old man before one went to a bedroom and the others went into the living room and kitchen area.

The man attempted to stop them but was struck over the head with what is believed to be a cosh or metal bar. Two safes were broken into and cash and jewellery stolen before the men made off.

The victim’s wife, who is in her 50s, was also in the home at the time and was threatened but not hurt.

Emergency services were called and the victim was taken to Peterborough City Hospital with serious injuries and later discharged.

The first man was described as just over six foot, chubby, wearing dark clothing, a white mask and carrying a crowbar.

The second and third were both about six foot, thin, and wearing bomber jackets with hooded tops underneath. The hoods were up and tied around their faces. One of these men was carrying a weapon described as a cosh.

Detective Constable Mark Yendley, who is investigating, said the burglary was being treated as an isolated incident.

He said: “This was a terrifying experience for the victims who were left shocked and shaken and I am keen to catch the men responsible as soon as possible.

“I would ask anyone who was in the area yesterday evening to consider if they saw anything that could be of use to our inquiry. Any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, could be prove very important.”

Anyone with information should contact DC Yendley, at March Police Station, on 101, or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800-555111.