Olympian Mark Cavendish and model wife Peta Todd attacked by armed thugs in home

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Mark Cavendish was attacked by armed men who broke into his home in the middle of the night.

Essex Police are investigating the assault which added to the Olympian's significant injuries following a spell in intensive care.

Officers called at 2.35am on Saturday 27 November after a group of four armed men entered their home, in the Ongar area of Essex.

The cyclist was assaulted and his former Page 3 model wife, Peta Todd was threatened while their children witnessed the raid from inside the house.

None of the family were seriously injured but police say the incident has left them "incredibly shaken".

The burglars made off with a Louis Vuitton suitcase and two high-value watches.

No arrests have been made but Detective Inspector Tony Atkin, who is the senior investigating officer on the case, said: “This was undoubtedly a targeted incident at the home of a celebrated British Olympian, who at the time was recovering from significant injuries resulting from a crash whilst competing, which was well publicised.

"Our investigation is moving along at pace and we are following a number of lines of inquiry as we seek to catch those responsible.

“Mr Cavendish and his wife were assaulted and threatened in their own home, in the presence of their young children, who witnessed these events. Thankfully, they are recovering, but the traumatic effect will be long standing."

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