A woman in her 70s was tied up by masked men and assaulted over several hours in a terrifying burglary on the exclusive St George’s Hill estate.

Men in dark clothing forced entry to the Weybridge home at about 10.50pm on Friday, August 3, and threatened the 73-year-old woman, who was alone in the property.

The aggravated burglary continued in to the early hours of Saturday, August 4, and the two men stole a number of high value jewellery items before demanding the victim opened a safe in the property.

The men tied up the victim and subjected her to a serious assault over several hours before leaving the area on foot and heading toward Brooklands Road, Weybridge.

The woman was able to free herself when they left and raised the alarm.

Officers carried out a thorough search of the surrounding area but at this stage the men have not been found.

Detective Inspector Jake Nuttall, leading the investigation, said: “This was an appalling unprovoked attack on a defenceless elderly woman in her own home and Surrey Police are carrying out a thorough and extensive investigation to bring these cowardly offenders to justice.

“The victim sustained injuries to her wrists, arms and shoulders during the attack but fortunately she is expected to make a full recovery.

“She has understandably been left deeply upset by this horrendous ordeal.

“This type of senseless violence will not be tolerated and I would urge anyone who may have seen or heard anything out of the ordinary in St George’s Hill late on Friday night into the early hours of Saturday morning to call police as a matter of urgency.

“I would be particularly interested in hearing from any who saw where the two men went after leaving Brooklands Road and we have not ruled out the possibility they may have had a vehicle parked in the area.”

Witnesses should call Surrey Police on 101, quoting reference EL/12/5053, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.