Armed burglars burst into a couple’s home and demanded money.
The couple, who are in their 70s, were at home in Apsley End Road, Shillington at about 8.15pm when there was a knock at the door, which the woman answered.
When the door was opened two men barged their way into the house, both holding knives in front of them.
They demanded money and the woman’s handbag. Although she said there was no money, they insisted on waking up her husband, who was ill in bed upstairs and they demanded money from him too.
They then made a messy search of the house and stole a gold watch, along with the phone handsets so that the woman could not call the police.
She went to a neighbour after they had left and called for help from there.
Both men are described as being around 5ft 8ins tall and wearing balaclavas, black tops and grey trousers. One was white and the other was black and chubby.
If anyone saw anything suspicious at the time, or knows anything about this incident, they should contact Det Con Alison Whitworth at Bedford CID on 01234 275333.
Alternatively, use the 24 hour police non-emergency number 101, text the force control room direct on 07786 200011 or contact independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.