Charing couple badly beaten by armed raiders in terrifying attack on Petts Lane home as Kent Police hunt three men
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.
A couple were left badly injured after 'extreme gratuitous violence' during a raid on their home
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.
The woman's face was left bloodied and bruised
Her black eye after the appalling attack
Blood pours from the male victim's head
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.
Her partner was also badly hurt in the armed robbery
His bloodied ear after the raid
His black eyes after the terrifying ordeal
Police say they believe the crime might have been planned by the raiders some time ago, perhaps weeks or even months in advance.
Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the days or weeks leading up to it is asked to come forward.
Officers are also keen to speak to anyone who was in the area on the night of the attack who may have seen a vehicle being driven at speed in Charing High Street.
The Rolex Oyster watch stolen during the raid
The front of a Krugerrand similar to one of several stolen
The back of a Krugerrand similar to one of several stolen
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.
To remain anonymous, phone Kent CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111 and quote crime reference ZY/2112/14.
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