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2 April 2015, 10:07
An elderly couple have needed hospital treatment after they were assaulted and robbed in their home in Letchworth Garden City.
It happened at an address in Jackmans Place between 8pm and 8.15pm on Saturday, March 28.
Around this time, three men wearing balaclavas knocked on the front door of the property. One of the occupants, a man in his 70s, opened the door and was confronted by the men who then forced their way into the house.
The men then sprayed an unknown substance in the victim's face before further assaulting him and taking his watch.
One of the men then sprayed a substance into the face of a woman in her 70s who was also in the property, before removing one of her earrings, bangles and a ring which she was wearing.
One of the men then searched an upstairs bedroom before all three men left via the front door.
During the incident, one of the men spoke in what is believed to be Punjabi.
Detective Constable Steve Cook, who is investigating, said: "This was a nasty and unprovoked attack on a vulnerable, elderly couple who have, quite understandably, been left traumatised by their terrifying ordeal.
"Both victims required hospital treatment and the man is still suffering with the injuries caused to his eyes.
"We are doing all we can to catch those responsible and I would appeal to anyone with information about what happened to contact me immediately. Did you see three men acting suspiciously in the area around the time stated?
Have you come across any jewellery matching the items pictured? Any information, no matter how seemingly insignificant, could prove vital to the investigation."
Anyone with information is urged to contact DC Cook via the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference G2/15/543. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.