Stansted family's frightening armed robbery ordeal in their own home
Police are investigating a violent attack on a Stansted family in their own home on Sunday night (September 1) in which four armed and masked robbers burst in and stole jewellery and money.
The terrifying incident was heard by neighbours in West Road who reported screams at around 9.30pm and saw a white Audi fleeing the scene.
Shocked victim Sofia Farzana Hamed took to social media immediately after the robbery to warn villagers to be on the look-out. She believes her Asian family were deliberately targeted.
"I think being Asian was a significant factor as we tend to have gold," she wrote. "But they couldn't find much lying around. We don't keep stuff like that around.
"They took my sister's jewellery from her neck and hands.
"Real scums, and my nieces were so scared they handed everything they had on them as they were holding sharp objects on them... One threw my 15-year-old nephew down the stairs.
"We are so shook up, but staying positive. Just don't want this to happen elsewhere."
Stansted councillor Melvin Caton, who lives in West Road, has offered his support to the family. He said: "Everybody is very shocked and concerned by this. It does seem related to their Asian heritage and that makes it doubly shocking."
Essex Police has yet to release any details of the incident.