Cambridgeshire

Reward in Coton couple hammer attack robbery probe

Silverware stolen during Coton robbery Image copyright Cambs Police
Image caption Silverware was among items taken from the couple's home

A £5,000 reward has been offered by police investigating a "horrendous" attack on an elderly Cambridgeshire couple in their home.

A gang of four men subjected the couple, in their 70s, to a four-hour ordeal in Coton on 29 November.

The woman was hit with a hammer, and the man was repeatedly pricked with a brooch pin, police said, before the gang made off with valuable antiques.

CCTV of a man thought to be connected with the robbery has been released.

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Image caption A CCTV image from a burglary in 2013 was released by officers investigating the Coton incident

The incident took place in Madingley Road between 22:00 GMT and 02:20.

The woman's toe was broken after it was hit with a hammer and she also had a black eye, police said.

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Image caption A pair of jade storks were stolen during the robbery at the couple's house on Madingley Road

The offenders wore white boiler suits and balaclavas.

Items taken included a pair of jade storks and what police described as a "solid silver Aztec artefact".

A CCTV image of a man taken during a burglary in Landbeach in December 2013 has been released by police.

Det Insp Alan Page, said: "We believe the person in this image has information which will help our investigations into both incidents.

"The subsequent robbery was one of the most horrendous offences I have investigated in 20 years of policing."

A 35-year-old man from Cambridge was arrested on 27 December on suspicion of robbery. He was later released on bail until 29 January.

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Image caption Police described one of the stolen items as a "solid silver Aztec artefact"
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Image caption Officers said a pair of "stone chickens" was also among the items taken

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