British cyclist Mark Cavendish was attacked by four armed men during a robbery at his house on November 27. The news has only just reached the public, and Mark Cavendish stated that his children, wife, and he were threatened with a knife and that they were attacked by one of the armed men.
Essex police say no one of the family members were injured, although everyone was shocked by the incident, from which they will need time to recover “Shortly after leaving Intensive Care, 4 masked and armed men forced their way in to our home as we slept, threatened my wife and children and violently attacked me,” the 36-year-old cyclist wrote on Twitter “At knifepoint they proceeded to ransack our belongings,” Cavendish continued Cavendish once again showed disappointment and shock at the presence of strangers in his household.
He also revealed what was stolen and what consequences it left on his family “Amongst what was taken, were 2 watches of great sentiment and value. But far, far worse to be taken was the sense of security, safety, privacy and dignity that my young family and everybody else is entitled to in their own home,” he added.
“The effect that this nightmare has had on my family is already heart-breakingly evident,” Cavendish wrote, adding: “I beg anybody who may be able to help us with information” to call a number he gave in the tweet.
Essex Detective Inspector on the incident
Essex Detective Inspector Tony Atkin is disappointed with such situations in the city and hopes that there will be no such cases in the near future. Police are still searching for the accused, and are making every effort to find the culprits.
“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,” Essex Detective Inspector Tony Atkin, the senior officer investigating the case, said, as quoted by cnbc “We are following a number of lines of inquiry as we seek to catch those responsible,” Atkin said.
Thieves are expected to sell things they stole, and Atkin warns citizens to pay attention to it and to report as soon as possible “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”.