Mark Cavendish’s glamour model wife says thugs battered cyclist and took watches

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The glamour model wife of Mark Cavendish says armed thugs battered the cyclist in front of their children and took two watches "of great sentiment".

Peta Todd issued the devastating statement on Instagram after their home was broken into.

They threatened Peta and "violently attacked" Mark at knifepoint.

She also said two watches were taken.

Todd said: "In the early hours of 27th of November, at our Essex family home where my husband Mark was recovering shortly after leaving intensive care, four masked and armed men forced their way into our home as we slept.

"They threatened myself and our children and violently attacked Mark.

"At knifepoint, they proceeded to ransack our belongings. Amongst what was taken, were two watches of great sentiment and value.

"But far, far worse to be taken was the sense of security, safety, privacy and dignity that our young family and everybody else is entitled to in their own home.

"The effect that this nightmare has had on our family is already heart-breakingly evident, so we beg anybody who may be able to help us with information to call."

Detective Inspector Tony Atkin, who is the senior investigating officer on the case, said: “This was undoubtedly a targeted incident at the home of a celebrated British Olympian, who at the time was recovering from significant injuries resulting from a crash whilst competing, which was well publicised.

"Our investigation is moving along at pace and we are following a number of lines of inquiry as we seek to catch those responsible."

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