Police hunt two men, 25 en 26, over armed robbery of Mark Cavendish and wife Peta Todd after three others were arrested over break-in at the Olympic cyclist’s home
Police are hunting two men in connection with an aggravated burglary at the home of Olympic cyclist Mark Cavendish.
Detectives want to speak to Jo Jobson, 25, of Plaistow, oos Londen and George Goddard, 26, from Loughton, Essex.
Cavendish, 36, reported he and model wife Peta Todd, 35, were threatened and assaulted as their home in Ongar, Essex was raided in front of their young children.
Police were called at 2.35am on November 27 after two high value watches and a Louis Vuitton suitcase were stolen.
They have made three arrests and charged one person with two counts of robbery.
Detectives want to speak to Jo Jobson (reg), 25, of Plaistow, east London and George Goddard (links), 26, from Loughton, Essex
Olympic cyclist Mark Cavendish was allegedly beaten up at his home as he recovered from a horror crash that left him in intensive care
Mark Cavendish and Peta Cavendish are pictured at The Millies, Guildhall, in Londen, in 2016
Detective Inspector Tony Atkin, who is leading Essex Police’s investigation, gesê: ‘The investigation is ongoing and, sover, three people have been arrested.
‘I now seek the public’s help to locate two men, Jo Jobson and George Goddard.
‘I believe both men will have information which will help the investigation and I would urge them both to come forward.’
The athlete and his model wife Peta Todd were set upon by four armed thugs in a planned raid at his house in the Ongar area of Essex.
Their children watched in terror as their parents were attacked and threatened and were left ‘incredibly shaken’ by the incident.
None of the family sustained serious injuries but the burglars made off with a Louis Vuitton suitcase and two high-value watches.
Die atleet, 36, and his model wife Peta Todd were set upon at his house in the Ongar area of Essex. Op die foto: One of the watches stolen
Their children watched on in terror as their parents were allegedly attacked and were left ‘incredibly shaken’ by the incident. Op die foto: Another of the watches
The attack came just six days after Cavendish suffering two broken ribs and a collapsed lung in a horrific crash in Belgium.
Mr Cavendish said: ‘As I’m sure you will understand, this incident has left our family extremely distressed – not just myself and Peta but our children as well, who feared for their lives and are now struggling with the after-effects.
‘No one should have to experience the sort of violence and threats made against us, let alone this happening in a family home – a place where everyone should feel safe.
‘The items taken are simply material goods and our priority at the moment is to make sure we all recover from the incident as a family, and we know this is likely to take some time.
‘We would like to place on record our thanks to Essex Police for a really quick response and the professionalism and the focus they are clearly putting into the investigation.’
Cavendish wrote about the attack on his Instagram story on Wednesday afternoon, saying it was at knifepoint
One of the thugs is caught on CCTV as they launched their planned attack on the property last month
The Tour de France winner also watched as the thugs took a Louis Vuitton suitcase from the family
Cavendish suffered a collapsed lung and two broken ribs in his crash during the Ghent Six Day track event on November 21.
The Manxman, who was racing in the Madison with Deceuninck Quick-Step team-mate Iljo Keisse, saw world champion Lasse Norman Hansen crash in front of him.
But he could not react in time, rode into the Dane’s bike and was sent flying.
He stood and waved to spectators, but was put on a stretcher and taken to Ghent University Hospital, where he spent a night in intensive care.
In a separate statement on Twitter, Cavendish wrote: ‘In the early hours of November 27, while recovering at our Essex family home shortly after leaving intensive care, four masked and armed men forced their way in to our home as we slept, threatened my wife and children and violently attacked me. At knifepoint, they proceeded to ransack our belongings.
‘Amongst what was taken were two watches of great sentiment and value. But far, far worse to be taken was the sense of security, veiligheid, privacy and dignity that my young family and everybody else is entitled to in their own home.
‘The effect that this nightmare has had on my family is already heart-breakingly evident, so I beg anybody who may be able to help us with information to call 101, haal verwysing aan 42/275184/21. Dankie.’
Former page three model Peta Todd said she and husband Mark Cavendish were sleeping when the burglars entered their home during the ‘nightmare’ voorval.
Sy het op Twitter geskryf: ‘In the early hours of November 27, at our Essex family home where my husband Mark was recovering shortly after leaving intensive care, four masked and armed men forced their way into our home as we slept.
‘They threatened myself and our children and violently attacked Mark. At knifepoint, they proceeded to ransack our belongings.
‘Amongst what was taken were two watches of great sentiment and value. But far, far worse to be taken was the sense of security, veiligheid, privacy and dignity that our young family and everybody else is entitled to in their own home.
‘The effect that this nightmare has had on our family is already heart-breakingly evident, so we beg anybody who may be able to help us with information to call 101, haal verwysing aan 42/275184/21. Dankie.’
Cavendish was one of several riders to crash in the final race of the Ghent Six Day track event
Detective Inspector Tony Atkin 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’
The Tour de France cyclist had been recovering form a horror crash earlier in the year
Cavendish is pictured with his wife Peta and his children during the Natourcriterium Roeselare cycling race in July 2021 in Roeselare
In response to the couple’s posts on social media, celebrities sent their best wishes to Peta.
Replying on Instagram, Sir Chris Hoy wrote: ‘So sorry to hear this.’ Rebekah Vardy said: ‘So sorry to read this. Disgusting people. Sending love..’
Author Anna Mathur wrote: ‘Oh love xxxxx I can’t imagine how traumatic that must have been. Sending you love xx’
Writer Candice Brathwaite added: ‘Oh Peta, its never the time but so close to Christmas too – I hope the children are ok. Sending mad love.’
While London 2012 bronze medallist boxer Anthony Ogogo told Mark: ‘I’m so sorry to hear this Cav. Thoughts with you all.’
TOWIE star Billie Faiers commented: ‘I’m so sorry to read this. Sending lots of love to you and your family.’
A Place In The Sun presenter Laura Hamilton added: ‘Sending love to you all hun.’