Burglars attack man with metal bar in “terrifying” raid on Bottisham home

Cambridgeshire Police

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A MAN was struck over the head with a metal bar after disturbing burglars in his home.

The victim, who is in his 50s, had just returned to the property off the A1303 Newmarket Road, near Bottisham, on his bicycle at about 1am on Friday (June 29) when he realised someone had broken in through his back door.

He challenged one of the burglars, who was then joined by two others, all men and dressed in dark clothing, balaclavas and wearing gloves.

They grabbed him and demanded he open a safe. During the fracas the victim was struck to the head with a metal bar but he was not seriously hurt because he was still wearing his cycle helmet.

The men took a sum of money before making off. It is not known in what direction they left.

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The victim was shocked and shaken but not seriously injured.

DC Rachel McKenzie, who is investigating, said: “The victim’s home is isolated but I am keen to speak to anyone who was in the area and maybe drove along that road. It is likely the burglars would have used a vehicle so I am particularly keen on any sightings of vehicles, maybe being driven suspiciously.

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“This was a terrifying attack for the victim and luckily he was still wearing his cycle helmet or the injuries would have been more serious. I would urge anyone who thinks they might have any information relating to this crime to contact police.”

Anyone with information should contact DC McKenzie on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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