Police investigating an aggravated burglary in Sible Hedingham, where businessman Timothy Mardon was shot, want to identify an e-fit of a man who could have valuable information.
He was seen by a passer-by sitting in a car with another man parked up in a lay-by on Wethersfield Road, between Sible Hedingham and the Blackmore End turning, at around 1.50am on Saturday, February 6.
Mr Mardon was shot through the door and left for dead after locking himself in a bedroom.
Detective Inspector Rob Kirby said: “We have been able to produce an e-fit of the man who was sat in the driver’s seat of the car which is described as a sporty version of a metallic silver mark II Fiat Punto.
“In the passenger seat of this car was a man in his 20s who was white and bald. If you recognise yourself from this description or if anyone else believes they know someone who looks like this e-fit and drives a silver Punto then we would like to hear from you.
“We have received a very positive response from the community in Sible Hedingham and surrounding areas so far with lots of useful information being called in.
“We are following up every call we’ve received and would urge the community and wider public to continue supporting this investigation.
“We want to find the men responsible as soon as possible. This was a callous and extremely violent unprovoked attack. It would have been obvious how serious the victim’s injuries were but they left him for dead.”
The break-in occurred at the £2million house in Rectory Road in Sible Hedingham shortly before 4.40am on Saturday (February 6).
The two suspects are both white, aged in their 20s, of slim build and 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 of up to £1,000 for information leading to the arrest or conviction of offenders.