Cambridgeshire

Coton hammer attack robbery probe leads to new arrest

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

An arrest has been made in connection with a violent 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 last November.

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

A 28-year-old man from Cambridge is being questioned.

Three men previously arrested over the attack - a 33-year-old from Peterborough, a 35 year-old from Merton, and a 42 year-old from Cambridge - were interviewed again by officers earlier and released on bail.

The incident took place in Madingley Road between 22:00 GMT and 02:20 on 29 November.

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".

Det Insp Alan Page, from Cambridgeshire Police, said: "It was a vicious and calculated attack that left its victims in fear for their lives."

There is a £5,000 reward for information which identifies the offenders and leads to a successful conviction.

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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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