A MAN has been knocked unconscious and left with a broken jaw in an 'armed burglary'.

Four masked attackers allegedly stormed a property in Mansfield Road, Coley, on Thursday, November 12.

Police said it happened between 9pm and 9.30pm and the four intruders were allegedly armed.

Inside the property, two men in their twenties, a man in his fifties and a woman in her forties were said to be threatened with violence and demands made for money.

The man in his fifties handed over cash before he was allegedly attacked, and knocked unconscious. He was left with a fractured jaw and broken eye socket, but has since been discharged from hospital.

Police describe the alleged burglars as white men, aged between 25 and 35, and wearing dark clothing and face coverings.

Investigating officer, PC Carl Lewis, based at Reading police station, said: “I am appealing for anyone who witnessed this, or who has information about what happened, to please come forward.

“I would also ask anyone with CCTV or dash-cam’s to check any footage in case it may have captured something that could assist with our investigation.

“Anyone with information can contact police by calling 101 or making a report online, quoting reference 43200373653.

“Alternatively, if you wish to remain anonymous you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online.”

  • A man has since been charged in connection with the offence. Ross Kirton, aged 31, of Kings Saltern Road, Lymington, Hampshire, has been charged with aggravated burglary and has been remanded in custody to appear at Reading Crown Court on December 14.