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Two men arrested after masked raiders target woman at home in Bearsted

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A woman has been left shaken after masked men bundled her into her home in Bearsted before stealing cash and jewellery.

Raiders wearing masks or balaclavas targeted the property, in The Morlings, at about 11.15pm on Saturday.

The gang - believed to be about four or five men - searched the house and left with a haul.

They had pushed the woman into the property while she was standing outside near her front door.

Police officers have since recovered some property near the junction of Warmlake Road and Norton Road, in Chart Sutton, which they believe to be linked to the robbery.

Two men - aged 23 and 30 - were arrested early today in the Maidstone area and are in police custody while inquiries continue.

Detectives are still appealing for witnesses who saw anyone acting suspiciously around either The Landway, in Bearsted, or Norton Road, in Chart Sutton.

DC Andrew Felton, from Maidstone police station, said: "Fortunately nobody was injured, but the residents of this address have understandably been left extremely shaken up.

"The victim reported seeing a group of men loitering in The Landway earlier in the day around 5pm so at the moment we are focusing lines of enquiry around that group and would appreciate any information the public may have about them.

"However, any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, can lead to valuable leads so I would like anybody who believes they have information that could assist with our ongoing investigation to call us as soon as possible on 01622 604286, quoting crime reference YY/23963/13.

"Alternatively, if you would prefer to remain anonymous, call Kent Crimestoppers on 0800 555111."

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