Kent

Reward of £10,000 offered to find attackers of Jean Thomas

A £10,000 reward has been offered after three men attacked a 78-year-old Kent pensioner in own home.

Jean Thomas, of Staplehurst, was pinned down and repeatedly punched in the face during the break-in two months ago.

She had been asleep in her bed when the hooded intruders burst into her bedroom just before midnight, demanding money.

The reward has been offered by local property developer Fergus Wilson, who felt compelled to help after hearing of the attack on Mrs Thomas.

"I put up £1,000 reward initially, and somebody else put up £500, and I then increased it to £5,000, and I've now increased it to £10,000," he said.

Image caption Jean Thomas, 78, needed stitches for an injury to her forehead

"Christmas is coming, and I'm sure that Jean Thomas would like to see an end to this."

Mrs Thomas was left with serious facial injuries after the attempted robbery.

"One of them pulled out a cord and said 'we're going to kill you, where's your money'," she said.

"They said, 'we know you've got money, it's your money we're after', and before I could say anything they just punched and punched and punched me back on the bed."

She said her face was left almost black, with bruising down to her neck and on her hands, where the gang had sat on them. She needed stitches to an injury on her forehead.

The men fled without taking anything.

Kent Police have appealed for witnesses, but said no arrests had been made. Officers have released a CCTV image of a car being sought in connection with the incident.

The reward has been offered on the basis of information leading to the conviction of those responsible.

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