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15 August 2014, 06:19
A couple have been tied up, blindfolded and gagged in an 'extremely terrifying' robbery at their home near Southampton.
At around 9.15pm on Wednesday 8 August, a group of three/four men dressed in black and wearing ski masks smashed their way in to the conservatory area at the rear of the property in West End.
A retired couple, who were inside the property at the time, were tied up, blindfolded, gagged and threatened. No one was seriously hurt, although one of the victims suffered substantial facial bruising.
The men stole a substantial amount of high quality diamond jewellery together with several gold necklace sets, nine Rolex watches and a quantity of licensed Firearms were also taken with their ammunition.
Police would like to hear from anyone who saw a group of men, or a silver car in the area of A27 Kanes Hill and the junction of Pinewood Park around this time on Wednesday 8 August, or anyone who may have noticed any suspicious behaviour of vehicles in the area to come forward, as they may have valuable information that could help with the investigation.
Detective Inspector Phil Scrase, said:
"I am appealing to members of the public who may have any information in relation to this robbery to come forward and speak with the police. I am particularly interested in speaking with anyone who may have been offered any high value jewellery or watches.
"I would like to reassure the public that there is a dedicated team of officers investigating the matter. The level of violence used was extremely terrifying for the victims involved and it is important that the offenders are identified as soon as possible.
Officers would like to speak to anyone with information about the aggravated burglary to call Southampton CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting Operation Watch.