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Armed raiders are being hunted after leaving a couple with appalling injuries in a terrifying raid on their Charing home.
The masked trio burst into their Petts Lane house and subjected them to "extreme gratuitous violence" with a pick axe - before fleeing with cash and valuable jewellery.
Detectives today released images of head injuries suffered by the pair, who had to be treated in hospital, in a bid to catch their attackers.
The couple - who are pensioners - were left with black eyes, head wounds and blood-stained clothing after their ordeal.
Police said raiders struck at their village home at about 8.30pm on Monday, January 20.
After badly beating the couple, they escaped with a haul of expensive items and money - including foreign currency.
Detectives are trying to trace some of the stolen items.
These include a Rolex Oyster watch as well as a diamond and Burma ruby half eternity ring.
They are also looking for several Krugerrand, which are South African gold coins.
Ashford district commander Ch Insp Mitchell Fox described the attack as "sickening".
He said: "The level of violence was extreme and unnecessary against a very vulnerable couple.
"One of the victims was 71. There was absolutely no need for the level of violence that was used; it was quite sickening.
"My appeal, particularly to the criminal fraternity, is for people to look at these pictures and consider the extreme levels of violence used.
"If you have got any idea who is responsible for committing this crime, please contact us."
Witnesses or anyone with information is asked to phone police on 01303 289353.
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