At­tacked cou­ple are afraid to go home

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By ADAM UREN adam.uren@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @ETADAMU

AN EL­DERLY cou­ple vi­ciously at­tacked by base­ball batwield­ing bur­glars have been left so trau­ma­tised by their ex­pe­ri­ence that they are too scared to re­turn home.

Cruel bur­glars knocked a 68-yearold woman un­con­scious and beat up her hus­band, also 68, as they forced their way into the cou­ple’s home in Bi­field, Or­ton Gold­hay, on Satur­day, April 21.

The cou­ple suf­fered se­ri­ous fa­cial in­juries but were al­lowed to leave hospi­tal the next day.

But so shaken were they by the events that they have not re­turned to their bun­ga­low, which they rent from Cross Keys Homes, since their re­lease.

They are cur­rently in tem­po­rary accommodation while Cross Keys Homes, the city’s largest hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tion, finds them a more per­ma­nent al­ter­na­tive.

A spokes­woman from Cross Keys Homes added that they have asked po­lice to step up pa­trols in the area to de­ter would-be criminals.

She said: “We are work­ing closely with the cou­ple to help them find al- ter­na­tive ap­pro­pri­ate hous­ing.

“We are also work­ing with the po­lice to en­sure that they carry out reg­u­lar pa­trols of the area and re­as­sure the com­mu­nity.”

Po­lice are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the crime, but have not found any new leads since the at­tack last month.

The at­tack oc­curred when the man of the house an­swered a knock at the door, only to be con­fronted by three masked men, one of whom was armed with a base­ball bat.

The cou­ple’s 18-month-old grand­child was sleep­ing just me­tres away in a be­d­room while the trio car­ried out their at­tack.

The mo­tive ap­peared to be bur­glary, how­ever de­spite search­ing the prop­erty, noth­ing was taken.

A po­lice spokesman said: “The vic­tims have not been back to the prop­erty and are in the process of get­ting new accommodation. They are still shaken up by what hap­pened and did not want to re­turn to the prop­erty.

“If any­one has fur­ther in­for­ma­tion we would be grate­ful if they could get in touch.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the bur­glary and at­tack should con­tact Cam­bridgeshire po­lice on 101. Al­ter­na­tively, they can give in­for­ma­tion anony­mously by get­ting in con­tact with Crimestop­pers on 0800 555111.

CRIME SCENE: Bi­field where an el­derly cou­ple were at­tacked.

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