Woman, 67, bound and hit by burglars who raided Takeley home for four-figure sum of cash

The victim, a 67-year-old woman, was bound and hit during the burglary.

The victim, a 67-year-old woman, was bound and hit during the burglary. - Credit: Archant

A woman was tied up as thieves burgled her Takeley home.

The 67-year-old victim was taking rubbish out in Chestnut Way at about 2.50pm yesterday when three men grabbed her and dragged her inside.

The three men then bound her feet together and covered her mouth with a cloth.

She was also hit.

The burglars stole a four-figure sum of cash, jewellery and alcohol.

Detective inspector Al Stevens said: “This was a nasty incident that has left the victim feeling very shaken. She was tied up for around half an hour before being able to free herself and call for help.

“I would ask anyone with any information to contact me so that I can bring those responsible to justice.”

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The three men are said to have a tanned appearance, with brown hair and spoke some Romanian.

One is described as having brushed back hair, unshaven and scruffy and wearing a yellow fluorescent vest.

The second was described as 5ft 5in-tall with brown hair, also unshaven and scruffy. The third was of a slim build.

They were seen driving a small silver car and may have been in the area before the burglary.

A 41-year-old man from Braintree has been arrested on suspicion of possession of class A drugs and aggravated burglary. He is being questioned in Chelmsford Police Station.

INFORMATION: Anyone with any information is asked to contact Braintree CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.