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Eight men are alleged to have forced their way into the property in Walthamstow, North East London, demanding the occupants hand over their valuables. But the thugs left empty-handed after the people inside bravely fought back though two of the victims were injured in the struggle, according to the Metropolitan Police.

They were taken to hospital and later discharged.

A forensic examination at the home in Brookscroft Road was made with CCTV recovered and statements taken by the police.

In an appeal for information, the Metropolitan Police has released images of three men officers want to speak to about what happened at 5am on April 1.

On the same night an aggravated burglary happened at a nightclub in Clacton-on-Sea in Essex with a review of both cases leading Scotland Yard detectives to investigate both offences together.

Pc David Havard from the force’s burglary and robbery team said: “This was a terrifying experience for the family involved and we are committed to tracking down those who carried out this awful crime.

“As part of our enquiries we can now share images of three men who we want to speak to. I would ask anybody who recognises the men in these images to contact police immediately.”

Anyone who can help should call 101 or tweet @MetCC. To remain anonymous contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

There were almost 60,000 reports of burglaries in London between September 2020 and the same month this year, according to Metropolitan Police figures.

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Nationally, crime patterns in the year ending June 2021 were affected by the coronavirus pandemic and limits on social contact, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Lockdown saw drops in many types of crime though they have bounced back up towards previous levels, the ONS says.

According to estimates, adults aged 18 years and over experienced 12.7 million offences in the year ending June 2021.

But drops in crime, including thefts, were more than offset by rises in fraud and computer misuse offences.

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Home Secretary Priti Patel writing in Express.co.uk in July vowed to clamp down on crime.

She stated: “When I became Home Secretary I gave a clear message to the British people: I am determined to cut crime and make this country safer. And to deliver on that promise, I made a pledge to our brave police officers: I will give you the tools, powers, and backing to get out into our communities and keep us safe.”

At its conference in Brighton, shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds hailed Labour as the party of law and order.

In a bid to distance Labour from the Black Lives Matter movement, he told delegates: “No Labour home secretary will ever defund the police.

“That’s not our party, that’s the Tory party, and they have spent 10 years defunding our police.”

However, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has boosted public spending on police services in the UK since taking office.

Data from Statista shows in the 2019 to 2020 financial year, the Government funded the police to the tune of £18.68 billion.

It also shows between 2020 and 2021, the Conservative Government pumped £21.49billion into the service.

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