Knife-wielding raiders stab pair in home

DETECTIVES are hunting for vicious knife-wielding robbers who forced their way into a home in Essex and stabbed two men.

James Hore

DETECTIVES are hunting for vicious knife-wielding robbers who forced their way into a home in Essex and stabbed two men.

The pair, armed with large hunting knives, knocked on the door of the flat in Colchester before forcing their way in and demanding cash.

When the 23-year-old occupier and his 26-year-old friend refused there was a struggle leaving both men with stab wounds to their arms and back.

The victims were both rushed to Colchester General Hospital with serious, but not life-threatening, injuries.

Detectives said both men shouted for help before the attackers fled the flat.

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Nothing was stolen but during the struggle one victim bit his attacker on the cheek and police have said that man could have been left with a visible mark.

The men have claimed they did not know the attackers who targeted the house in Montgomery Close.

Police have recovered two knives from the scene and will be carrying out forensic examinations.

Officers are now hoping members of the public will help trace the two attackers and have issued detailed descriptions of the pair.

Detective Constable Brandon Savage said: “The two attackers showed a total disregard for the injuries they may have caused, using knives that they took to the scene with them.”

The first man involved in the incident at about 8.15pm on Monday was black, 20 to 23 years old, about 5ft10ins, medium-build, with short black hair and was wearing dark clothing and a black bobble hat.

It is this man that police believe could have a bite mark on his cheek.

His accomplice was white, 22 to 23 years old, the same height and medium build. He had a skinny face with stubble and was wearing dark clothing and a hood.

Det Con Savage added: “I ask anyone who has any information about the attackers to contact me.”

Anyone with information about the attack should call police at Colchester on 0300 333 4444, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

james.hore@eadt.co.uk

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