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Dressing gown woman punched by burglars in Kettering

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Media captionThe woman, who has not been named, was punched six times

A woman in a dressing gown was repeatedly punched in a "horrific attack" after confronting burglars who were trying to steal her family's cars.

The 56-year-old ran after the two men as they were leaving her home in Neale Avenue, Kettering, with two sets of car keys, at about 17:20 BST on 14 March.

Northamptonshire Police released CCTV footage of the woman trying to defend herself as she was punched six times.

They are looking for two white men in their 20s.

The men had unsuccessfully tried to force open a side door of the house before going to the rear of the property and entering through the back door, police said.

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Image caption Police are looking for two men in connection with the attack

Once inside, they took the keys to two cars and left the house, but were spotted by the woman who ran out of the house in her dressing gown.

As she tried to block their way, she was punched several times by one of them, before running back into her house.

The men then ran away into Hallwood Road, without taking the car keys.

Both are described as white, slim and in their early 20s. One was just under 6ft (1.8m) and the other was slightly shorter with short dark hair, officers said.

Det Con Greg Hemmington said: "This was a horrific attack on a woman in her own home, who was only trying to protect her property.

"I would like to speak to anyone who may recognise the two men pictured in the CCTV footage or who may have seen them running away into Hallwood Road."

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