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Terrified Southfleet couple Jas and Rani Upaul beaten, robbed and left tied up by baseball bat-wielding burglars

A Southfleet husband and wife were left with these multiple injuries after baseball bat-wielding burglars attacked them while they slept.

Jas Upaul, 60, and his 59-year-old wife Rani were also bound with cable ties during the raid.

The pair were asleep when three men wearing balaclavas entered their home in Highcross Road by forcing the back patio doors with a paving slab.

Jas Upaul in hospital after being attacked with a baseball bat at home

The offenders then got in to the bedroom and assaulted the couple. Before leaving, the three men broke into a safe and stole jewellery, cash and personal items.

Both victims were taken to hospital, with the husband suffering a broken jaw, fractured eye socket, severe swelling and bruising.

"We are pursuing a number of lines of inquiry but would very much like to hear from anyone who may have information about the robbery..." - DC Alan Poulton

He has since undergone surgery to treat some of his injuries.

His wife also suffered a fractured eye socket as well as other injuries.

Mr Upaul said: "We went up to bed just before 10pm and the next thing I knew was hearing them come up the stairs.

"The three of them were standing in the entrance to our bedroom. They said 'where's the safe?' and before I could say anything I was hit and landed on the floor.

"I fell to the ground and they kicked me and then they punched me in the face and broke my jaw.

"I said 'don't hurt my wife' because out of the corner of my eye I could see them taking her necklace off.

"They didn't even give me any time to say where the safe was before they attacked me."

DC Alan Poulton said: "This was a violent robbery by offenders who knew what they wanted.

"This was an isolated incident, albeit an incredibly frightening one for the gentleman and his wife, who were asleep when these men forced their way into their home.

Rani Upaul suffered a fractured eye socket after being beaten at home

"We are pursuing a number of lines of inquiry but would very much like to hear from anyone who may have information about the robbery.

"If you saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area at the time of the offence or have been offered unique jewellery recently at discounted prices, we want to hear from you as soon as possible."

A cash reward of up to £5,000 is offered to anyone who provides information which directly leads to the arrest and conviction of any person responsible for this crime.

Anyone with information about the attack, which happened at around 10.15pm on Tuesday, July 1 should phone DC Poulton on 01474 330600 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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