Attacked in our own home

Christine Fordham and partner Joseph Burke were attacked in their own Hemel Hempstead home by thieves.
Christine Fordham and partner Joseph Burke were attacked in their own Hemel Hempstead home by thieves.
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BRUISED and battered – this is how masked thieves left a couple after raiding their home and threatening to shoot them.

Brave Christine Fordham and Joseph Burke have allowed these shocking images to be released in a bid to catch two thugs who forced their way into their Grovehill home in Hemel Hempstead.

Joseph Burke and partner Christine Fordham were attacked in their Hemel Hempstead home by burglars.

Joseph Burke and partner Christine Fordham were attacked in their Hemel Hempstead home by burglars.

The couple, both 64, were enjoying a night watching TV at their house in Dunlin Road on Friday, December 16 when there was a knock at the door at around 9.30pm.

Joseph said: “Before I knew it two strange men had pushed their way into my home and began attacking us. One of the men hit me in my eye straight away so I couldn’t see anything.

“I then became aware that the other man was attacking Christine. They were punching and kicking both of us, demanding we hand over any money we had.”

Once Christine had handed over some cash and Joseph’s mobile phone, the thieves, who were wearing masks over their faces – possibly balaclavas – then made off on foot.

As well as bruising to her face, Christine had to have 10 stitches to a wound on the back of her head, while Joseph sustained a broken cheekbone and bruising to his head and chest.

Police believe this was a targeted attack and have stressed that incidents of this nature are rare.

Investigating officer Det Con Geoff Smith said: “Although Christine and Joseph’s wounds are starting to heal, they will forever be left with the memory of what happened on that night. Please help us to find the people responsible and get in touch with us if you know anything at all.”

Contact Mr Smith on the police non emergency number giving the crime reference number D1/11/8580 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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