One year after a violent aggravated burglary in Hutton Mount, Brentwood, where a female victim was attacked in her own home, a reward of up to £30,000 for information leading to convictions is available through the independent charity Crimestoppers.
On September 24, 2019 at around 10pm, the victim was alone at home in Heronway watching TV. She heard glass being smashed in her kitchen. Three men wearing balaclavas entered her lounge. Investigations reveal that at least five people forced their way into her home that night.
The victim was hit with a crowbar, had a cleaning product sprayed into her eyes and was dragged around her home, as the intruders demanded to know where money was.
Threats were made to throw petrol over her and her phone and iPad were smashed.
She sustained serious bruising to her forearm and back. The suspects left, taking away a Breitling watch and a Rolex watch and a whole jewellery box containing various items.
Three of the men involved are described as being white. The man wielding a crowbar is described as being between 5ft 6ins to 6ft 2ins tall, with pale white skin and ‘hazel-like eyes’. He was wearing all black. A second male is described as being shorter and chubby.
The reward of up to £30,000 is being offered through the charity Crimestoppers for information given to them exclusively and anonymously that leads to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for this aggravated burglary – three third parties have each put up £10,000, to reach a total reward of up to £30,000.
No Crimestoppers money is being used in this reward.
The reward will only qualify for information passed to Crimestoppers’ 0800 555 111 number or via the simple and secure anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org and the offer expires after December 3.
Phil Breckon, eastern regional manager at Crimestoppers, said: “This is a particularly shocking and terrifying incident that we wouldn’t wish anybody to experience. The victim is understandably still left feeling very traumatised.
“It is important to our charity that people feel safe, especially in their own homes. We hope this reward brings these individuals to justice.
“Our charity is here to help and gives people the option of staying anonymous whilst doing the right thing. Every day, over a thousand people use our online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org or call our UK Contact Centre on freephone 0800 555 111. We’ve kept our promise of anonymity to everyone who trusts us since we began over 32 years ago.
“We know that someone knows who is responsible for this serious crime, or somebody may have seen something that can help to convict these individuals.
“This is your chance to make a difference, no matter how small you think the information is that you have. Please contact us anonymously. You may be eligible for this reward.”
If you have any information about who was responsible for this violent aggravated burglary, please contact the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on freephone 0800 555 111 or by filling in a simple and secure anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org