Published: 13:19, 12 March 2021
| Updated: 14:58, 12 March 2021
An 80-year-old woman has revealed how an armed raid in her home which left her fearing for her life after a gun was held to her head still haunts her.
Detectives from Kent Police appealed on Crimewatch Live this morning for information after Joan Stone and her partner John Miles, 78, were targeted in an aggravated burglary at their house in Paddock Wood.
The incident took place on the evening of September 2 last year and Ms Stone then spoke to Kent Online about her terrifying ordeal a week on.
Two masked men in all black smashed through the patio doors armed with a crowbar and a shotgun.
At gunpoint, the couple were ordered into their bedroom and sat on the bed while the thugs looked for valuables. John was bleeding after being forced to kneel on the broken glass from the patio door.
The Crimewatch episode featured reenactments and an interview with Ms Stone. She recalled how one man held a gun to the left side of her head, by her eye.
"He turned round to me and said 'don't move or I will shoot you'. I must admit I really felt it was the end of my days," she said.
An emerald and diamond ring, a golden watch, £150 in cash and small safe were taken.
As the pair left, they turned to the couple and said: "If you call the police, we will shoot you."
Speaking about how this affected her, Ms Stone, a retired accountant, said: "If there's a big bang or something like that, even now I still jump. It was very frightening.
"I tend to think about it perhaps if I am walking around in the dark and wonder if there's someone about. But I try to put it out of my mind for the rest of the day."
DC David Evans from Kent Police said the couple's ordeal was a "rare and appalling crime".
He said both men were described as white and the one holding the gun was around 6ft with a stocky build.
The other man was shorter and slimmer.
The show appealed for anyone with information about the crime to come forward.
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