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Holland Park raid: Couple tied up in Abbotsbury Road

Armed raiders have stolen jewellery, medals and coins valued at more than £30,000 after tying up a married couple and their housekeeper in west London.

Two men conned their way into the house in Abbotsbury Road, on the western edge of Holland Park, on Tuesday morning.

They put a gun to the housekeeper's head and threatened her, along with a man aged 82 and his wife who is 74.

A solid gold Rolex watch, a Cartier Tank watch and six 22-carat gold coins were among the belongings stolen.

The thieves also escaped with two gold medals depicting the former prime minister Sir Winston Churchill, plus a pair of emerald-encrusted cufflinks and an iPhone.

They raided the owners' safe and took items from their bedroom, leaving after about an hour, police said.

'Terrifying ordeal'

Neither the couple nor the housekeeper suffered serious injuries, although the husband's wrist was bruised, said Det Con Damian Gratton of the Metropolitan Police.

"This was a terrifying ordeal for all three people to go through in their own home," he added.

"We have managed to seize CCTV from the area in a bid to find the culprits, but if anyone remembers seeing two men - or any other suspicious activity - in the area between 0700 and 0830 BST, please contact police."

Both of the suspects were of Middle Eastern appearance, police said.

One had short black hair and a long face with a long pointy nose, and was between 5'6" (1.67m) and 5'8" (1.72m) in height.

The other also had short black hair, along with a short black beard, and was between 5'5 (1.65m) and 5'8" (1.72m) tall.

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