MASKED raiders attacked a couple aged in their 60s and held them at knifepoint during a terrifying burglary at their home.
The offenders struck at the property, off the bottom of the A617 Hasland bypass, near Junction 29, of the M1 motorway and Heath village, near Chesterfield, between 8.20pm and 8.40pm, on Friday.
A police spokesman said; “The men were dressed in dark-coloured clothing and balaclavas and were carrying knives.
“A 62 year-old man and his 62 year-old wife were both punched in the face before they were forced to the floor.
“Once they had been assaulted and pushed to the ground two of the offenders stood over them while a third offender searched the property.”
The offenders dismantled the phone line and stole cash, jewellery and watches including a Rolex and a Breitling and also stole a black Volkswagen Scirocco from the drive with the registration number YR11 HJV.
A police spokesman added: “This was a very frightening ordeal for the couple involved who were assaulted in their own home and threatened with knives.
“We are keen to track down these offenders and we are appealing for any witnesses or anyone with any information regarding this aggravated burglary to contact the police as soon as possible.”
Police suspect the offenders must have arrived at the property in a vehicle due to its location and the stolen Scirocco was last sighted heading northbound on the nearby M1 motorway, towards Junction 30.
An ambulance was requested to help treat the injured couple after their attack and a member of the couple’s family said they were too distressed to comment.
Anyone with information should contact Derbyshire Constabulary on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.