Mark Cavendish injured as armed gang break into home & beat him and wife Peta in front of kids in terrifying raid

Mark Cavendish injured as armed gang break into home & beat him and wife Peta in front of kids in terrifying raid

CYCLIST Mark Cavendish and his wife were attacked by armed raiders who broke into his home in front of their children.

The Olympic legend was recovering at home in Essex from significant injuries he suffered in a major crash when the horror unfolded.

Mark Cavendish injured as armed gang break into home & beat him and wife Peta in front of kids in terrifying raid

Peta and Mark were attacked by intruders Credit: Getty

Four intruders broke into his house where his two children and wife Peta Todd were at the time.

Police said they threatened ex-Page 3 girl Peta before assaulting Tour de France hero Mark.

The masked thugs then made off with a Luis Vuitton suitcase and two high-value watches.

Thankfully no one was seriously injured but police said the family have been left “shaken”.

Mark said in a statement: “As I’m sure you will understand, this incident has left our family extremely distressed – not just myself and Peta but our children as well, who feared for their lives and are now struggling with the after-effects.

“No one should have to experience the sort of violence and threats made against us, let alone this happening in a family home – a place where everyone should feel safe.

“The items taken are simply material goods and our priority at the moment is to make sure we all recover from the incident as a family, and we know this is likely to take some time.

“We would like to place on record our thanks to Essex Police for a really quick response and the professionalism and the focus they are clearly putting into the investigation.”

Essex Police have now released CCTV images of the attackers, who are being hunted.

They have also shared pictures of the designer watches in the hope they can be reunited with the couple.

Mark Cavendish injured as armed gang break into home & beat him and wife Peta in front of kids in terrifying raid

Police have released CCTV of the raid

Mark Cavendish injured as armed gang break into home & beat him and wife Peta in front of kids in terrifying raid

They say there have been no arrests

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