Burglars terrorise councillor in his own home

A TERRIFIED County Councillor was attacked and tied to a chair by a pair of robbers who then ransacked his home in Windlesham.

Mike Goodman, councillor for Chobham, Windlesham & Bagshot told the News & Mail: “This has been the most terrifying experience of my life.”  The incident took place in Church Road between 1.20pm and 2.15pm on 14 November when the 63-year-old returned home to find a man and woman outside. They forced him into the house before binding his arms and legs to a chair.

The burglars stole property including jewellery, electronics, wine, handbags and cash.  Cllr Goodman, a News & Mail columnist, said: “I remained petrified throughout the ordeal and did not move. After a considerable time being bound up, it became obvious the intruders had gone.

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“More than an hour after they first attacked me, I managed to get free but could not untie the binding around my legs, so I jumped a step at a time down the stairs hunting for a phone.”

Cllr Goodman couldn’t praise the emergency service enough. He said: “I called the police and one of the kindest voices I have ever heard stayed on the line to reassure me until officers arrived a few minutes later. Both the police and forensics were professional in helping me while securing any evidence. “Although often criticized, we should be proud of our force – when you really need them they are there.”

Investigating officer Detective Constable Jason Dummer said: “This was a distressing ordeal for the victim who, fortunately, was not physically hurt during the incident.”

The male robber is described as black, clean shaven, aged between 30 and 35, around 6ft 2in tall and of stocky build with a muscular upper body. He was wearing multicoloured woollen gloves, dark clothing and dark shoes.

The woman is described as black, in her mid-20s, approximately 5ft 9in tall and of medium to slight build. She was wearing a duffle coat and gloves.

DC Dummer said: “I would appeal to anyone who recognises these two people from their descriptions to get in touch so we can prevent this from happening to anybody else.

“I would urge all homeowners to register their valuable property on a free website called immobilise.com.”
Cllr Goodman added: “Despite being attacked and robbed in my own home, I stay positive that this type of crime in Surrey is so rare and trust that others are not subjected to a similar terrifying ordeal.

“The police are often criticized for not acting quickly enough, or for not having the resources to combat crime. Being on the receiving end I can tell you they were brilliant, from the lady who was so calm when I rang for help, to the detectives who are working hard to find the culprits. I know I have challenges to face but I am receiving first class help as I come to terms with what happened.”

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