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CCTV released to help identify people in connection with aggravated burglary in Ashford last month

News   •   Apr 19, 2019 09:03 BST

We are releasing some shocking CCTV footage that shows the moment four suspects entered a property during an aggravated burglary in Ashford last month, in an appeal to help identify who they are.

Just before 9pm on Thursday, 14 March, four suspects entered the property in Chalmers Road, armed with weapons and cleaning spray. The suspects had their faces and hands covered as they made their way through the property, while the home owners were present.

One of the suspects threatened the residents before a dog came down the hallway and disturbed them. One of the residents managed to chase the suspects off before calling the police. The dog did not suffer any apparent injuries.

Detective Constable Rhian Roberts, who is investigating the incident said: “This was a frightening ordeal for the family who were at home when four men entered their property and threatened them.

“Nothing was taken from the property and thankfully no one was physically harmed during the incident. The suspects could see lights were on and did not care that there may be people inside the property.

“If you think you have any information about who the suspects could be, please contact us.

“As you can see from the footage, the family had really good CCTV installed at their property which will hopefully help us identify who entered their home.

“I would encourage the public to follow our safety advice on how you can keep your home safe and help prevent burglars entering your home and taking your belongings. For more advice, please visit our website https://www.surrey.police.uk/burglary. “

For more advice on how to keep your property safe, visit: https://www.surrey.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/residential-burglary/

Marking your property also means that if it is taken, it is easier to recover:
• Register your property at www.immobilise.com
• Mark your property with a forensic marking product such as Selecta DNA www.selectadna.co.uk

If you have any information, please contact Surrey Police on 101 (999 in an emergency) or http://surrey.police.uk/TellUsMore quoting reference PR/45190027145.

You can also give information, 100% anonymously, to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111; or through their anonymous online form: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/