TWO masked men assaulted an elderly couple and their daughter during a burglary in Barnack.
The raiders forced their way into the house in Walcot Road, Barnack on Friday before searching the premises and making off with jewellery worth thousands of pounds.
Police say the daughter suffered minor injuries but all three were left shaken by the aggravated burglary, which happened between 11.45am and 12.15pm.
The two men had knocked at the door and said they had run a dog over on the road before pushing their way past the 83-year-old man.
The daughter, aged 44, was then confronted by one of the men, wearing a black balaclava, who demanded money. She said she had no money and one of the men began searching the house while the other stood by the front door.
She tried to get out of the house but the burglar struck her to the face with the back of his hand.
One of the men started putting jewellery into a pillow case which the daughter tried to grab. She was punched in the face and then kicked in the face while on the floor.
The men then left, getting into a black estate car, possibly a BMW.
The daughter was not seriously injured but all three victims were left shocked and shaken by what happened.
The burglars both wore balaclavas, were white, about 5ft 7in or 5ft 8in, and also wore black fleece tops and black trousers.
The jewellery stolen was worth thousands of pounds.
Detective Sergeant David Taylor, who is investigating, said: “This was a cowardly and despicable attack on two elderly and vulnerable people and their daughter. The violence they used was completely unprovoked.”