Detectives have released CCTV footage and photos of two men they would like to speak to after a woman was punched in the face six times in her own home.
A woman was repeatedly punched in the face by burglars who broke into her home and tried to steal two of her family’s cars.
Jacqui Horde, 56, confronted the offenders as they were leaving her Kettering home at about 5.20pm on Friday, March 14.
The two men had unsuccessfully tried to force open a side door of the house in Neale Avenue, before going to the rear of the property and entering through the back door.
Once inside, they took the keys to two cars and left the house. It was at this stage Mrs Horde confronted them.
During the confrontation, one of the men punched her in the face six times.
The men then ran away into Hallwood Road, without taking the car keys.
Mrs Horde said: “I was in bed at the time because I have to rest each day because of my arthritis.
“My daughter Becky was in the shower and my husband Stephen was out.
“Stephen is a dental technician and we have a dental lab out in our garden. As a result we don’t lock the gate as customers use it and we often had the back door open.
“On the day of the attack I heard the doorbell go but I thought it was just a customer who would go away if I ignored them.
“But then I heard the gate and someone opening the back door and I shouted to Becky.
“I went downstairs and saw the car keys had gone. I opened the door and the two men were there trying to open the gate for the cars using a crowbar.
“I was so furious at the cheek of it that I just ran at them shouting ‘stop, stop, stop’.
“I wasn’t really thinking but then one of them hit me. I managed to put my arm up and tried to give him something back.
“Then the other one started attacking me and just kept punching me in the face. As that was happening the other got through the gate and the one punching me followed.
“I chased them down the drive and they chucked the car keys behind them as they went.
“I then just collapsed on the drive in pain and shock. I think I managed to do it through sheer adrenaline.
“I didn’t break anything but my jaw was cracked so I can’t eat anything solid and the bruising is still around my eyes. It was really bad straight afterwards.
“It is only really hitting me now, I think I have been in shock since it happened.
“It has changed my life forever because I can’t be in the house on my own, I have to have everything locked and I have had a panic attack in the town.
“Having seen the CCTV they obviously knew exactly what they wanted.
“After one had tried the doorbell then went away both of them came back with crow bars.
“We have two Great Danes and they were obviously ready to use the crowbars on them but luckily the dogs didn’t go to the door. I hate to think what would have happened if they had.
“I just keep thinking it is going to happen again, I can’t get it out of my head.”
DC Greg Hemmington of Northamptonshire Police said: “This was a horrific attack on a woman in her own home, who was only trying to protect her property.
“I would like to speak to anyone who may recognise the two men pictured in the CCTV footage or who may have seen them running away into Hallwood Road.
“Witnesses or anyone with information about this incident can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”
Both men were white, slim and in their early 20s.
One was just under 6ft and the other was slightly shorter with short dark hair.