Cyclist Mark Cavendish assaulted and wife threatened by armed burglars at Essex home

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Cycling legend Mark Cavendish was assaulted after burglars invaded his Essex home. Four men broke into his home and also threatened his wife Peta Todd.

Their children were also in his Ongar home and police were called to the scene at 2.35am on November 27.

Nobody sustained any injuries but were understandably shaken up by what transpired.

Currently no arrests have been made as the police continue their investigation.

Detective Inspector Tony Atkin, the senior investigating officer on the case, said: “This was undoubtedly a targeted incident at the home of a celebrated British Olympian, who at the time was recovering from significant injuries resulting from a crash whilst competing, which was well publicised.

“Our investigation is moving along at pace and we are following a number of lines of inquiry as we seek to catch those responsible. 

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“Mr Cavendish and his wife were assaulted and threatened in their own home, in the presence of their young children, who witnessed these events. Thankfully, they are recovering, but the traumatic effect will be long standing.

“Today, we are releasing images of the people captured on CCTV fleeing the scene and we would urge anyone who recognises them to get in contact with us immediately. 

“We are also releasing images of the suitcase and two watches which were stolen during the incident.

“It is likely the people who stole these items are attempting to offload them for sizeable sums of money and I would urge anyone who is being offered these items to please get in touch with us – they are stolen property.

“If you have been offered these items, please contact us immediately.”

“We know an incident such as this will naturally cause a lot of concern within the community.

“There will continue to be a visible policing presence in the area as our investigations progress in the coming days.”

In a statement, Mr Cavendish said: “As I’m sure you will understand, this incident has left our family extremely distressed – not just myself and Peta but our children as well, who feared for their lives and are now struggling with the after-effects. No one should have to experience the sort of violence and threats made against us, let alone this happening in a family home – a place where everyone should feel safe.

“The items taken are simply material goods and our priority at the moment is to make sure we all recover from the incident as a family, and we know this is likely to take some time.

“We would like to place on record our thanks to Essex Police for a really quick response and the professionalism and the focus they are clearly putting into the investigation.”

His wife has begged anyone with any information to come forwards and speak to police.

Peta added: “Amongst what was taken were two watches of great sentiment and value.

“But far, far worse to be taken was the sense of security, safety, privacy and dignity that our young family and everybody else is entitled to in their own home.

“The effect that this nightmare has had on our family is already heart breakingly evident.”

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