Police are hunting for three masked men who threatened a woman with knives after breaking in to her home. 

After breaking in to the woman's home in Clockhouse Way, Braintree, two of the men, who were each carrying a knife, threatened the woman with the weapons several times.

The men demanded she handed over a number of items and stole less than £100 in cash, mobile phones and the victim's house keys.

One man was described as black, of big build, and between 5ft 8ins and 5ft 9ins tall. He was thought to be between 23 and 28 years old.

Another man was described as white with blonde hair and of skinny build. He had a thin face and was around 23 years old, and 5ft 8ins tall.

The last suspect was black and also described as between 23 to 28 years old. He was taller than the other two suspects.

The incident happened at around 10pm on August 22.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dc Kayli Iron at Braintree CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.