A WOMAN in her 80s was threatened with bleach during a terrifying raid on her home by masked thugs.

Police were called to her home, in Colchester Road, Weeley, following the incident, which happened at about 11.20pm on Monday.

Two masked men, who were armed with a torch, entered the property and threatened to hit her with it after demanding money.

They also threatened her with bleach, which they then sprayed over her walking frame.

The woman was checked by ambulance staff and found not to have been physically harmed.

Det Insp Gary Biddle, from Clacton CID, said she is now being supported by family members.

He added: “We have been told that the masked men were dressed all in black and one was described as fairly tall and considerably taller than the other, although we do not have exact heights.

“This was an awful incident and the woman has been very brave in reporting it.

“Our enquiries continue and we urge anyone who saw or heard something to contact us straight away.”

He added that it is not clear if they got away with any cash, but it is that some jewellery was taken.

A search of the area was carried out by officers but no trace of the men was found.

Ward councillor Jeff Bray said he was shocked by the incident.

"I am appalled and disgusted to hear about this incident in our normally safe village," he said.

"This was a callous and cowardly act that, while I understand caused no physical harm to the victim, must have been terrifying in the extreme.

"I trust that our police will leave no stone unturned, to bring these cowardly thugs to justice.

"It is obvious that they need removing from our streets as quickly as possible.

"Thankfully, such horrible incidents are extremely rare in our area.

"I sincerely hope that the victim recovers from this truly awful experience and is able to return to her previously peaceful and pleasant life as soon as possible, although it is hard to imagine how anyone could completely forget such a traumatic experience.

"My thoughts are with this very brave lady."

Witnesses should call Clacton CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.