Detectives in Swindon are urgently seeking the public’s help to find two men after a flat in the town was ransacked late last night and two women assaulted.
A couple who live in an upstairs flat in Rodbourne Road had gone out for a while at about 11pm, 10 March, leaving the woman’s 52-year-old mother alone watching TV.
A short time later, two men broke in by smashing their way through the glass front door. The woman was pinned to the sofa and threatened by the men, who were demanding money.
One of the men stabbed the woman in the arm and thigh.
The men ransacked the flat, ripping the wardrobe doors off their hinges and slashing the sofa.
When the burglars heard the couple returning, one of them punched the older woman on both cheeks before running downstairs and punching the woman’s daughter in the face before escaping in what was described as a black VW Passat.
An ambulance was called and Wiltshire Police officers were alerted.
Det Sgt Scott Anger of Swindon CID said: “This was a traumatic and violent experience for both the mother and her daughter.
“I am seeking the public’s help to find these two men who subjected the older woman to a frightening attack.
“Anyone who knows two men matching the descriptions or who saw two men in the Rodbourne Road area in a black Passat late on Friday night is asked to call us urgently on 101. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or visit the Crimestoppers website.”
The men are described as being of Middle eastern appearance, in their late 20s, of average height and medium build and each wearing hoodies.