Burglars armed with bats and knives forced their way into a Reading home on Tuesday.

They smashed a car in the George Street driveway belonging to the victim, a man in his forties, at around 5.10pm.

A dark blue Mercedes with the partial registration of VK09 is believed to be connected with the offence.

Police described both of the offenders as black men of slim build.

One is around 6ft 5ins tall and was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and had a short beard.

The other is around 5ft 5ins tall and was wearing a black puffer jacket and had his hood up.

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No injuries were sustained during the incident.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Emma Pointon based at Reading police station, said: “I am appealing to anyone who witnessed or knows anything about this incident to please come forward.

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“To report any information you can call 101 or make a report online, quoting reference 43220014743.

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