Cyclist Mark Cavendish and family ‘extremely distressed’ following aggravated burglary

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According to Essex Police, a group of armed men stole a Louis Vuitton suitcase and two high-priced watches from Cavendish’s home.

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A police statement said no members of Cavendish’s family suffered serious, bodily injuries from the incident, which occurred on the morning of November 27, but said they were “incredibly shaken.”

“No one should experience the violence and threats made against us, it is happening in a family home – a place where everyone should feel safe.

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“The goods taken are only physical goods and our priority at this time is to make sure that we all recover from this incident as a family, and we know this is likely to take some time.

“We would really like to thank Essex Police for the quick response and professionalism and clear focus in the investigation.”

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Last month, 36-year-old Cavendish was forced to abandon a six-day Ghent competition after an accident.

He was treated for his injuries in a Belgian hospital and returned home to continue his recovery.

Detective Inspector Tony Atkin of Essex Police said: “This was undoubtedly a targeted incident at the home of a renowned British Olympian, who was recovering from significant injuries as a result of an accident during a competition that was well publicized at the time. “

“Our investigation is progressing at a rapid pace and we are conducting a series of investigations as we try to nab those responsible.

“Mr. Cavendish and his wife were attacked and threatened in their own home in the presence of their young children, who witnessed these incidents. Thankfully, they are recovering, but the traumatic effects will be long-lasting.”

Cavendish, a silver medalist at the 2016 Rio Olympics, has enjoyed a decorated career in road and track cycling.

He claimed his second green jersey – awarded to the winner of the points classification – due to his late inclusion in the Dessinque-Quick-Step team at this year’s Tour de France.

On the back of his illustrious year, which included four stage victories on the Tour, Cavendish signed a contract extension with the team earlier this week.

Essex Police said no one had been arrested after the theft. On Wednesday, he released security camera images of people fleeing Cavendish’s home on the night of the incident and urged anyone to contact who identified the individuals.

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