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Thugs brutally attack woman, 21, in her home until she opens family safe

Joe Roberts for Metro.co.uk

Thugs brutally attack woman, 21, in her home until she opens family safe
Sophie Wakefield, 21, was badly beaten during the terrifying ordeal (Picture: Facebook)

A young woman was horrifically attacked in her home by thugs who forced her into opening the family safe.

Sophie Wakefield, 21, was punched in the face and repeatedly kicked in the ribs after opening the door to a man posing as a delivery driver.

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He barged his way into her home in Cheltenham and was soon followed by five other men just before 7am on Friday.

They then grabbed Sophie’s dog up by his ear and threatened to kill him if she didn’t reveal where the safe was.

Family friend Emma Austin said Sophie was too shaken up to speak about her ordeal, but desperately wanted to catch the culprits.

Thugs brutally attack woman, 21, in her home until she opens family safe
Sophie was dragged around her family home by six thugs (Picture: Facebook)

Mrs Austin said Sophie was in a state of confusion when the men started to demand ‘where is it?’.

She was dragged by her hair from room to room and kicked in the ribs, and punched in the face.

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‘It was just awful,’ Mrs Austin said. ‘She was dazed and she had knuckle marks on her head.

‘They held the family’s dog Shortie up by his ear and threatened to kill him.

‘The poor little dog was screeching. That really upset Sophie. That family love their dogs like their kids.’

Thugs brutally attack woman, 21, in her home until she opens family safe
Sophie was left badly bruised by the attack (Picture: Facebook)

Sophie was shaking with fear as she got the combination to the safe wrong seven times.

Mrs Austin said the men were ‘cheering like in a football match’ when the safe door finally swung open, and they grabbed cash ‘of a very large value’ as well as other items.

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Her ordeal was not yet over as she was dragged to the wooden banisters.

Mrs Austin said: ‘They put her arms over the banisters and one of the men went to get black duct tape.

‘Another man said, “No time”. He left her in the toilet and said, “Don’t you move or I will hurt you”.

Thugs brutally attack woman, 21, in her home until she opens family safe
Sophie’s parents are offering a £5,000 reward for information (Picture: Facebook)

‘She was in there for a minute, poked her head out and the door was open, so she ran out.’

The men sped off in a dark-coloured Audi, and Sophie was rushed to hospital in an ambulance after a passer-by spotted her in distress.

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It was first thought she had a broken jaw and ribs, but it turned out to be substantial bruising.

Her parents Richard and Jayne, are now offering a £5,000 reward for any information leading to the prosecution of those responsible.

A spokesman for Gloucestershire Constabulary said they are ‘reassuring the public’ that this was an ‘isolated incident’.

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