Burglary victim found in bushes in Pitsea

An man in his 70s suffered facial injuries and was found disorientated in bushes after burglars forced their way into his Essex home.

Two men burst into the property at Eversley Road, Pitsea, on Saturday and pushed the man to the floor.

As he was recovering on the floor, they stole a three-figure sum of cash and ran off, police said.

Officers believe the incident happened between 18:00 and 20:00 BST. The man is in a stable condition in hospital.

Det Sgt Pete McCormack said: "This man was found by a passer-by in nearby bushes after having been left shaken and disorientated.

Police helicopter

"At this stage, we're unable to narrow down a more specific time as to when these men turned up at the property."

Both men were white and in their 30s or 40s.

One is described as being about 5ft 9in (1.75m) with short dark hair, and was wearing blue jeans and a jacket.

His accomplice was about 6ft 2in (1.87m) with short fair hair.

House-to-house inquiries were carried out on Saturday evening while the police helicopter and dog handlers searched the area.

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