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Victims beaten and threatened with knife by burglars posing as police officers

Two victims were hurt by men wearing body armour with 'Police' written on it, who demanded to know where the safe and Rolex watch were kept in the home

Burglars posing as police officers threatened a man with a knife before he was punched and kicked in a terrifying robbery in Brent .

Two victims were hurt during the break-in, which happened on August 11 in Donnington Road, Willesden .

Police said the suspects were wearing "unusual police uniforms" and stole a number of items from the property before leaving in a waiting car.

Both victims were attacked during the aggravated burglary, with police describing their experience as a “terrible ordeal”.

The incident happened at around 9.35pm when a man in his 60s, who was house-keeping for his stepson, answered a knock at the door and found the first suspect wearing body armour with ‘Police’ written on it.

He asked to see ID, but instead the suspect shouted and produced a knife, before grabbing the man by his collar and pushing him into the hallway.

At this time a second suspect wearing the same uniform appeared.

The first burglar shouted at the man who opened the door: “Where’s the female? Where’s the safe? Where’s the Rolex?”

Donnington Road, the scene of the aggravated burglary(Image: Google)

As he got to the landing, the first victim shouted to a male friend who was asleep in a bedroom.

The second suspect ran into the bedroom and repeatedly punched the second victim in the head, before aiming punches and kicks to his ribs and demanding to know where the safe and Rolex was.

The man who answered the door fell to the floor after being punched in the face.

The two suspects then searched the house and stole a number of items before running out the front door and to a waiting white Toyota Prius, which was driven off in the direction of Harlesden Road.

Police were called at 9.48pm and attended along with paramedics from London Ambulance Service.

Both men were hurt, with the second victim requiring hospital treatment for his injuries.

'A terrifying ordeal for the victims'

Detective Constable Neil Kember, the investigating officer from Brent CID , said: “This was a terrifying ordeal for the victims, who were terrorised in a place where they should have felt safe.

“The suspects posed as police officers in a bid to gain the victims’ trust.

"Victim one did the right thing by insisting the suspect provided identification. If you are suspicious of a caller, we would advise people not to open the door.

"We would appeal to anyone who has any information about this incident or the suspects to contact Brent CID.”

Anyone with information can call Brent CID on 020 8733 3737 or 101 or tweet to @MetCC .

Information can also be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org .

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