Violent robbery: police release images of attack victims

Police in Kent release images of attack victims following a violent robbery

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Police investigating a violent robbery release images of attack victims

Mr Upaul Credit: Kent Police
Mrs Upaul Credit: Kent Police

A husband and wife from Kent were left with multiple injuries after baseball bat-wielding burglars attacked them while they slept.

Jas Upaul, 60, and his 59-year-old wife Rani were also bound with cable ties during the raid in Southfleet.

The pair were asleep when three men wearing balaclavas broke into their house in Highcross Road by forcing the back patio doors with a paving slab.

The offenders made their way to the bedroom and assaulted the husband and wife. A baseball bat was used and the victims also had cable ties placed on them during the robbery.

Before leaving, the three men gained access to a safe and stole jewellery, cash and personal items.

Both victims were taken to hospital, with the husband suffering from a broken jaw, fractured eye socket, severe swelling and bruising. He has since undergone surgery to treat some of his injuries.

His wife also suffered a fractured eye socket as well as other injuries.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Alan Poulton said: `This was a violent robbery by offenders who knew what they wanted.

`This was an isolated incident, albeit an incredibly frightening one for the gentleman and his wife who were asleep when these men forced their way into their home.

`We are pursuing a number of lines of enquiry but would very much like to hear from anyone who may have information about the robbery. If you saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area at the time of the offence or have been offered unique jewellery recently at discounted prices, we want to hear from you as soon as possible.’

A cash reward of up to £5000 is offered to anyone who provides information which directly leads to the arrest and conviction of any person responsible for this crime. Anyone with information about the attack, which took place at 10.15pm on Tuesday July 1st should contact DC Alan Poulton on 01474 330600.

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