£5k reward offered for information about Sible Hedingham burglary shooting

Police at the scene of a shooting at the Old Rectory house in Sible Hedingham.

Police at the scene of a shooting at the Old Rectory house in Sible Hedingham. - Credit: Su Anderson

Crimestoppers is offering a £5,000 reward for information after a man was shot through his bedroom door by intruders at his home in Sible Hedingham.

Efit issued in connection with Sible Hedingham aggravated burglary on February 6 2016

Efit issued in connection with Sible Hedingham aggravated burglary on February 6 2016 - Credit: Archant

Burglars broke into the Grade II-listed Old Rectory in the early hours of Saturday February 6.

The victim, named locally as insurance executive Timothy Mardon, locked himself into a room but was shot through the door – with the bullet striking his leg.

He is still in hospital where doctors are battling to save his leg.

Antonia Litten, regional manager for Crimestoppers in Essex, said: “This must have been a terrifying and traumatic experience for the victim.

Image released by Essex Police showing the door that was shot through by burglars in Sible Hedingham

Image released by Essex Police showing the door that was shot through by burglars in Sible Hedingham. - Credit: Archant

“It is vital those responsible are caught to ensure that they cannot strike again.

“There are people out there who know who the culprits are I would urge you to contact Crimestoppers.


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“We don’t take personal information. We don’t record calls and we can’t trace calls or information given online. No-one will ever know you contacted us.”

Essex Police has released an e-fit of a man they want to speak to in connection with the aggravated burglary.

It shows a man seen by a passer-by sitting with another male in a car – thought to be a silver mark II Fiat Punto – parked in a lay-by on Wethersfield Road, between Sible Hedingham and the Blackmore End turning, at around 1.50am on the day of the break-in.

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The man in the passenger seat is described as in his 20s, white and bald.

The force has also issued an image showing the bullet hole through the door, believed to have been caused by a .410 shotgun.

The two suspects are both white, aged in their 20s, of slim build and were wearing dark clothing. One of them is described as bald.

People can only qualify for the reward if they contact Crimestoppers directly, not the police.

The reward is valid for three months.

Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through the online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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