Police warn people to protect family gold

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LONDON: An elderly Asian couple who were targeted in their home by burglars have revealed their terrifying experience to help warn Londoners to protect their family gold, especially during the festivities of Navratri, Diwali and festivals of other religions.

A couple in their late 70s and early 80s, who do not wish to be identified, were targeted in their home by a gang of thieves earlier this year. At around 20:30hrs on Saturday, 24 February, the couple were both watching television in Hampton Hill, Middlesex, when they heard some banging coming from the hallway. The 77-year-old woman went to investigate and found four male suspects in the hallway.

One of the suspects pushed her back into the lounge and made her sit down. One male threatened her with a chisel by holding it against her neck and demanded to be shown to their ‘Asian gold’, whilst the others took the 82-year-old man upstairs whilst they searched the house for jewellery.

Before leaving the property, the four masked men, all in dark clothing, stole a quantity of jewellery and cash valued at £1260. This included; wedding rings, necklaces, bracelets, and bank cards. No arrests have been made and enquiries continue.

Anyone with information about the crime mentioned above is asked to contact Detective Constable Lisa Keely, based at Kingston Police Station, on 101. If you do not want to give your name you contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. To find out more on how to protect yourself and your property visit: www.met.police.uk/crime-prevention.