Coton hammer attack robbery: Third man charged

Silverware stolen during Coton robbery Image copyright Cambs Police
Image caption Silverware was taken from the couple's home after the raid in the early hours of the morning

A third man has been charged in connection with a violent attack on an elderly couple at their home.

Four men subjected the couple, in their 70s, to a four-hour ordeal in Coton, Cambridgeshire, in November.

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

John McCarthy, 34, of Greystoke Court, Cambridge, appeared in court charged with aggravated burglary.

Two other men were charged in connection with the attack in April.

Richard Leslie, 35, of Thornville Grove, Mitcham, south London, was charged with aggravated burglary and Marc Smith, 42, of Fallowfield, Cambridge, with handling stolen goods.

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Image caption A pair of jade storks were stolen during the robbery at the couple's house on Madingley Road
Image copyright Cambs Police
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" were also among the items taken

The robbery 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 sustained a black eye.

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