Police say a home invasion in Hamilton Road which left an elderly woman with a broken hip and foot is an isolated incident.
The pensioner, who was left needing surgery, was attacked when four masked man broke into her home in a night time raid on Friday, October 12.
Detectives have confirmed that between 5 and 7 people were in the house when the men broke in at around 1am. The woman’s son was also attacked by the gang.
Officers rushed to the scene and with the assistance of the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Dog Unit, carried out a search along Hamilton Road towards Gallows Hill where the offenders were spotted running off.
DS Robert Muir, of the Three Rivers Local Crime Unit told MyKingsNews: “This kind of attack is very unusual. I’ve been a DS for two years and don’t have any memory of such a serious aggravated burglary.
“We have no idea why they were targeted as there have been no other similar incidents. We are still waiting for forensics to get back to us and we are checking other leads.
“This was a very distressing incident and the victims are being supported by officers. We are doing everything we can to trace those responsible and patrols are being increased in the local area to provide reassurance to residents while we do this.
“I am appealing for anybody who might have seen what happened, or seen suspicious activity in the area, to get in touch. Any information you have, no matter how small it might seem, could be vital to the investigation.
“The stolen mobile phone has been found discarded in Old Mill Lane. If you saw suspicious activity around this area, I would encourage you to get in touch.”
Residents took to social media to voice their concern. One resident said: “The irony is that Hunton Bridge used to have two police houses for the village. Yes, both were in Old Mill Road, they were pulled down so large private houses could be built.”
Another commented:”This is awful. Switching off the street lights after midnight certainly doesn’t help. I’ve installed high resolution day/night cameras on my house on motion detection so at least I can be warned of any potential prowlers.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the poor lady that got attacked.”
If you have any information please call the non-emergency number 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting crime reference 41/45437/18.”