Police hunt crooks who terrorised elderly couple in their bedroom

TWO men are being hunted by police after an elderly couple woke to find them in their bedroom.

The terrified couple were asleep in their bungalow in North Crescent, Southend, when they woke to find burglars ransacking their bedroom.

The burglars stole the couple’s mobile phones, some cash and car keys before fleeing.

They are the latest elderly victims to fall prey to the thieves, who also targeted homes in Benfleet and Leigh on January 2 to steal cash and jewellery.

Det Sgt Ian Howitt, the investigating officer, urged people to make sure their homes were safe.

He said: “We ask people, young or old, to carry out a final latenight check of their property before turning in for the night.

“Look at your windows and doors, make sure they are closed and then securely locked, double- locking if possible. We need to cut off the supply to these burglars and also take them off the streets, which is why we also need people to report any suspicious activity to us immediately.”

The couple were woken by the men between 1.45am and 2.45am on Wednesday.

They stole the items before fleeing the house, but despite police searching the area with the force’s helicopter, the men could not be found.

Officers have carried out a forensic examination of the house and are conducting doorto- door inquiries in a bid to find the men.

The men are white and police are urging anyone with information about the latest break-in or the previous two, to contact them on 101 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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9:24am Fri 10 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

" We need to cut off the supply to these burglars and also take them off the streets, which is why we also need people to report any suspicious activity to us immediately.”
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get extra patrols out, high viz and plain clothes, drive, ride and walk, and stop anyone that looks a bit iffy, lets see an increase in Police on the streets at night and early hours, that would be great thanks.
" We need to cut off the supply to these burglars and also take them off the streets, which is why we also need people to report any suspicious activity to us immediately.” ____________ get extra patrols out, high viz and plain clothes, drive, ride and walk, and stop anyone that looks a bit iffy, lets see an increase in Police on the streets at night and early hours, that would be great thanks. DogsMessInLeigh

2:51pm Fri 10 Jan 14

_Lotus_ says...

Seriously, this defies belief.

I shouldn't say this, but I really would love to see scum like this get a bloody good hiding, the biggest hiding they have ever, or will ever, endure.

They break into somebody's home and ransack the actual room the owners are in at the time???

If anybody feels different, put yourself in the place of this couple, imagine the fear they may have felt and imagine the insecurity they will now have to live with, scared that it could happen again, and then tell me the burglars deserve a slap on the wrist.
Seriously, this defies belief. I shouldn't say this, but I really would love to see scum like this get a bloody good hiding, the biggest hiding they have ever, or will ever, endure. They break into somebody's home and ransack the actual room the owners are in at the time??? If anybody feels different, put yourself in the place of this couple, imagine the fear they may have felt and imagine the insecurity they will now have to live with, scared that it could happen again, and then tell me the burglars deserve a slap on the wrist. _Lotus_

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