A 'BRAVE' woman in her sixties fled her house to call police after two masked and armed offenders ransacked her home demanding cash.

Thames Valley Police said the burglary occurred in Woodley at a property in Clivedale Road.

It happened on Monday (November 16) between 6pm and 6.35pm.

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The victims, a man aged 70 and a woman aged 69, were at home when two men rang the doorbell.

The pair forced entry to the address and demanded money.

Whilst the offenders ransacked the property the female victim managed to flee the house to nearby shops where she contacted the police.

The offenders stole an amount of cash before fleeing, and police said nobody was injured during the 'terrifying' ordeal.

The first offender is described as a tall man carrying a firearm.

He was dressed in black and was wearing a balaclava.

The second offender is described as being shorter than the first and was also wearing black clothing and a balaclava.

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Investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Ian Seymour, based at Loddon Valley police station, said: “This was a terrifying incident for the two victims who were threatened and then had their home searched.

“Thanks to the quick thinking of the female victim, she was able to protect her husband from the offenders and escape the house so that she could contact the police.

"Her actions were extremely brave and commendable.

“We are carrying out a full investigation into this incident, and our officers have been in the area carrying out enquiries.

“As a result of this, we have received information that on Saturday (14/11) a white man knocked on the door of a neighbouring address, identifying himself as a police officer.

"We do not believe that this man was who he claimed to be, and we are investigating whether this could be linked to the aggravated burglary offence.

“If police make enquiries at your address they will be in possession of a warrant card which can be produced on request.

“The man may have been using a light blue Ford Fiesta. If you have any CCTV images which could relate to this, please get in touch.

“If you have any information at all which you think could be linked to either of these incidents, please call us on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 43200379730.

“Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or make a report online.”