Three men threaten elderly couple with a knife and assault a 70-year-old man before stealing cash from their home in Rayne, Essex


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Three men broke into a house in Queenborough Lane at Rayne, Essex, yesterday and threatened an elderly couple with a knife.

The men called at the house between 5.40pm and 6.15pm and then forced their way into the property when the couple answered the door.

Once inside they threatened them with the knife and the man, who is in his 70s, was also assaulted.

The suspects then made a quick search of the house before stealing a quantity of cash.

The male victim was taken to hospital for a check-up but was not seriously injured. The suspects were all quite short and were wearing black balaclavas and gloves.

One was wearing jogging bottoms with white stripes down the side and another was wearing a Nike jacket. They left the location in a dark coloured saloon vehicle.

Detective Sergeant Mark Cadd, of Braintree Police, said: “This was an extremely traumatic incident for our victims. To have the safety of your own home invaded and then be threatened and assaulted in this manner is extremely distressing and I am determined to find and arrest these people as soon as possible.

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“If anyone has information that can help me I would ask them to call me at Braintree CID on 101 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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