Masked robbers smashed their way into a Reading home and forced the owner to open their safe, police say.

While the victim was home alone, several 6ft tall men wearing balaclavas broke through the glass patio door on Kingsford Close, Woodley.

Wearing black tops, they stole cash from the safe and made off in a Citroen Berlingo on Sunday, November 21.

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Investigating officer PC Stephen Johnson, based at Loddon Valley police station, said: “I would like to appeal to anybody who may have information about this burglary to please get in touch.

“You can contact us either making a report online or by calling 101 quoting reference number 43210527215.

“Alternatively, for 100 pert cent anonymity, you can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”