A man who was shot in the leg in an aggravated burglary in Sible Hedingham at the weekend may have to have his leg amputated after being left for dead by his attackers.
Police investigating an aggravated burglary in Sible Hedingham, where the businessman Timothy Mardon was shot in the leg, believe they have now identified the type of weapon that was used.
Detective Inspector Rob Kirby said: “Following a detailed forensic analysis of the shot that has been recovered and the damage caused to the door we believe that a .410 shotgun was used to shoot the victim.
“This type of shotgun is smaller and lighter than a regular shotgun. If anyone has information on this weapon or believes they have sold ammunition of this type to someone matching our suspects’ descriptions then we would like to hear from them.
“Our victim remains in hospital receiving treatment and his doctors are still battling to save his leg. He faces the very real prospect that it may have to be amputated.
“His leg took the full force of the blast as he stood with his foot against the door to keep it shut and if he had been standing in a slightly different position he could easily have been killed.
“We strongly believe that the men responsible for this vicious, unprovoked attack will be known to someone within the local community, and we urge anyone who thinks they may have information, to tell us what they know.”
The break-in occurred at the house in Rectory Road in Sible Hedingham shortly before 4.40am on Saturday.
The two suspects are both white, aged in their 20s, of slim build and were wearing dark clothing. One of them is described as bald.
Anyone with information can call Braintree CID on 101 or ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, it offers rewards for information leading to the arrest or conviction of offenders.