Essex

Essex Police hunt gunmen who robbed Grays couple at home

Robbers on front doorstep
Image caption The robbers threatened to shoot one of the victims unless his partner handed over a Rolex watch

Police have released CCTV images of two men who robbed a couple at gunpoint at their home in Grays, Essex.

A woman was forced to hand over a watch worth about £20,000 when they threatened to shoot her partner at the house in the Windsor Avenue area.

The attack took place at about 18:30 BST on Friday.

The robbers, who are white and aged between 20 and 40, ran away and got into a car, possibly a light grey Ford Focus.

The robbery began after a man answered a knock at the door and was confronted by two men armed with a shotgun or rifle, who demanded cash and jewellery.

Diamond-encrusted

One of the robbers then brought the man's partner, a woman in her early 60s, from a bedroom.

She was told that unless she handed over a watch, they would shoot her partner.

She gave the robbers the gold Rolex watch with diamond-encrusted bezel.

Neither victim was harmed but both were said to be traumatised by the robbery.

Anyone with information that could assist help detectives is asked to call police at South Ockendon or Crimestoppers.

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