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A WOMAN has been threatened with a knife in her own home during a break-in at a house in Tiptree.

The burglar broke into a property in Windmill Hill and carried out an untidy search of the house.

He disturbed the victim and held up a knife before making off into the nearby woods.

Police say the crook escaped with a number of stolen goods.

He is described as mixed-race, in his 20s, with short hair in an afro-style, wearing a grey fisherman’s-type hat, a long sleeved walking jacket and grey trousers.

The incident happened at about 8am on Thursday, July 7.

The woman is not believed to have been injured.

Details have only just been released by Essex Police.

Anyone with any information about the incident should contact Det Con Danielle Markoutsis at Colchester CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.