A YOUNG couple have spoken out about their terrifying ordeal after a masked gang of burglars wielding crowbars and screwdrivers broke in to their home.
Tom Mizon, 22, suffered a cracked rib, black eye, serious bruising and a gash to the head after four men broke in to the flat he shared with his girlfriend Jo Brocklehurst, 22, above The Rutland Arms in Baslow.
The ordeal took place at around 2am on Wednesday, August 10, at the pub on Calver Road.
The gang demanded keys to the pub’s safe, which the couple did not have, and proceeded to ransack their flat and beat Mr Mizon.
Miss Brocklehurst said: “All I could see was blood all over the hall, all over the walls and carpet and when I saw Tom that is when I thought the worst. I begged them to check he was all right.
“There was blood dripping down his face and his mouth was full of blood. He’d gone from shouting at them to only being able to groan.”
Mr Mizon, a chef at the Devonshire Arms Hotel in the village, was watching television when he confronted a man climbing through a window. The burglar attacked him while a second man climbed in to the flat and also assaulted Mr Mizon.
He said: “I noticed the window was open and saw something moving.
“Then someone jumped through, grabbed me, hit me and pushed me to the floor, followed by another person.
“Two more had kicked their way through the door.”
Miss Brocklehurst, who was sleeping in the room next door at the time, was dragged out of her bed by a further two men.
She said: “The only time I was really terrified was when they woke me up and forced me out of bed.
“Then they really started laying in to Tom and I was screaming.”
The couple were forced to lie on the floor and covered by a duvet.
Mr Mizon said: “I think everyone is just horrified by it. You just don’t expect anything like this, especially in a place like Baslow.
“We’ve had a lot of support and people have been sympathetic.”
Mr Mizon believes the gang only wanted the safe. They did not take anything apart from his phone but trashed the couple’s home.
The group were all white. One wore a hooded top while the other three wore balaclavas. One had grey Nike trainers and another blue Adidas trainers.
Police are investigating if the burglary is linked to a break in at the Eyre Arms in Calver Sough at about 1.30am on Wednesday, August 10.
A burglar broke in through a downstairs window. They tried to force a door but triggered an alarm and ran off. Witnesses should contact police on 0345 123 33 33.