Victim stabbed in gang attack at home

FORENSICS officers were searching a house for evidence yesterday after a man was seriously injured by intruders who broke into his home and beat him up.

The victim, said to be in his 40s, suffered multiple stab wounds in the raid at his home in Raynham Road, Bury St Edmunds, yesterday morning. Police described the incident as a “frightening” attack.

The scene was cordoned off following the incident and police have carried out house-to-house inquiries in a bid to gather evidence.

Senior police officers last night moved to reassure the public that the incident was isolated and that it was thought to be “specific” to the victim and where he lives.

The victim of the break-in and assault raised the alarm at 12.20am when he went to a neighbour’s home to tell them what had happened.

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The man, who is understood to have been on his own at the time of the burglary, told his neighbour his home had been broken into and he had been beaten up.

Police officers and paramedics were sent to the scene and the victim was taken to West Suffolk Hospital with smultiple injures.

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An ambulance spokeswoman said the victim suffered face and hand injuries, lost teeth and ‘multiple stab wounds’ during the incident.

The police have confirmed some of the man’s injuries are consistent with a stabbing but not necessarily from a knife.

Det Insp Andy Footer, who is leading the investigation, said: “This was a frightening experience for the victim who has told us a number of males forced their way into his home, and it is fortunate that he was not more seriously hurt.

“Scenes of crime officers have completed their work at the property and the cordon has been lifted, and officers will be carrying out house to house inquiries in the area.

“Our inquiries so far indicate that the incident was specific to the address and its occupants. I would like to reassure the local community that they and their property remain safe, and I would urge anyone with any information about this incident to contact West Suffolk CID on 01473 613500, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Police say nothing is thought to have been stolen during the break-in, which is being treated as an “aggravated burglary”.

A spokeswoman for the police said there was damage to the front door and property inside the bungalow.

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