Two hurt as bur­glar gang goes on vi­o­lent ram­page

Pair are hos­pi­talised af­ter thieves de­mand­ing gold flee from home empty-handed

Uxbridge Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Alexan­der Ballinger alexan­der.ballinger@trin­i­tymir­

TWO peo­ple were hos­pi­talised and four left ter­ri­fied af­ter a four-man gang broke into a home in Ruis­lip de­mand­ing gold.

Po­lice are ap­peal­ing for wit­nesses in an at­tempt to iden­tify the cul­prits who threw a piece of con­crete at one passer by and sprayed an un­known liq­uid into the face of an­other.

Just be­fore 10pm on Thurs­day last week, the four men forced their way in to a prop­erty in Vic­to­ria Road in Ruis­lip Manor through a porch door.

They went from room to room de­mand­ing gold from the four ter­ri­fied oc­cu­pants of the prop­erty, be­fore leav­ing empty handed.

As the gang fled the premises and got into a get­away car, one spot­ted a passer-by on a mo­bile phone and threw a piece of con­crete at the man’s head.

The vic­tim, in his late 40s, col­lapsed on the ground at which point the gang then drove their ve­hi­cle on the pave­ment to­wards the col­lapsed man but he was not hit.

The vic­tim needed hospi­tal treat­ment for his in­juries.

An­other passer-by was then ap­proached by a mem­ber of the gang and sprayed in the face with an uniden­ti­fied liq­uid. The vic­tim was taken to hospi­tal for treat­ment and later dis­charged.

De­tec­tive con­sta­ble, James Wil­liamson, from Hilling­don Po­lice said: “This was a ter­ri­fy­ing bur­glary which left two peo­ple in­jured.

“This hap­pened on a main thor­ough­fare in Ruis­lip Manor and at this time of night there would have been count­less peo­ple in the area.

“I would urge any­one who saw any­thing that may help us trace these men to get in touch.”

Po­lice said all four sus­pects were wear­ing dark cloth­ing, woolly hats and had black scarves cover­ing their faces.

They were driv­ing a dark-coloured ve­hi­cle.

A spokesman for the Met said: “The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is fully ac­tive and we’re work­ing on find­ing them.”

So far there have been no ar­rests and po­lice en­quiries con­tinue.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call po­lice on 101 or con­tact the bur­glary squad at Uxbridge Po­lice Sta­tion on 020 8246 2112.

‘TER­RI­FY­ING’: The in­ci­dent hap­pened in Vic­to­ria Road

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