An elderly couple were robbed at knifepoint who barged through the front door and trashed their home
Elderly Rosina and David Davies were at home when the gang of thugs forced their way in.
Mr Davies heard a knock at the front door at around 9.45pm on New Year's Day so got up to investigate and a name was mumbled through the door by one of the attackers.
He then opened the door to see who it was and the three barged through knocking him off balance.
They ran upstairs and into the couple's bedroom as Mrs Davies desperately tried to dial 999.
One man pushed her onto the bed, snatched the phone from her hand and ripped it out of the socket before threatening her at knifepoint while demanding money.
But bravely Mrs Davies shouted her neighbour's name in a bid to raise the alarm as her attacker tried to cover her mouth but she managed to break away.
This was a nasty crime that has left the Mr and Mrs Davies extremely distressed
Daniel Cannon, Detective Constable
During this assault the other two men ransacked the bedroom and took a quantity of cash before fleeing.
Luckily, the couple's neighbour heard the commotion and dialled 999 with police arriving shortly afterwards.
The aggravated burglary happened in Pinner in north west London, on January 1 but a Met Police appeal for information was launched today.
The couple's neighbour heard the commotion and dialled 999 with police arriving shortly afterwards
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Detective Constable Daniel Cannon, from Harrow CID, said: "This was a nasty crime that has left the Mr and Mrs Davies extremely distressed.
"We are determined to catch those responsible and we'd appeal to anyone with any information to contact us so we can bring them to justice.
"Burglary can be both financially costly and emotionally devastating for victims and their families.
A Met Police appeal for information was launched today
"We would encourage people to take a few moments to view our burglary prevention advice on our website."
The knifeman is described as a white man, aged in his late 20s, about 5ft 9ins tall, of medium build.
He was wearing dark jeans, a black jacket, gloves and he had his face covered.
The second burglar is a white man, aged in his late 20s, about 5ft 7ins tall, of medium to stocky build, wearing a black jacket with the hood up, gloves and also had his face covered.
The third is a white man, aged in his late 20s, about 5ft 4ins tall, also of medium or stocky build.
He was wearing a black jacket with the hood up and gloves, also with his face covered, but with a scar was visible on part of his face.