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Burglary victim died of injuries

A man who was bound with tape, threatened and assaulted during an armed burglary at his bungalow died as a result of his injuries.

Burglars entered the home of Edward and Anne Syrad in south east London on Wednesday night.

A post-mortem examination found Mr Syrad, 64, died of severe blunt trauma injuries and heart failure, Scotland Yard said. During the burglary, Mr Syrad was threatened with a gun and assaulted. His wife was taken to hospital with minor injuries and later discharged.

Officers were called to the home on Edendale Road, Barnehurst, at 10.25pm on Wednesday after two armed suspects who had disguised their appearance tied up the two occupants and stole a quantity of cash.

Detective Chief Inspector Cliff Lyons, of the homicide and serious crime command, said: "We do not believe this was a random attack, we think that the couple have been directly targeted and our inquiries continue.

"Edward has sadly lost his life at 64 years of age and his family is devastated. This must have been a terrifying ordeal for the couple and we would like to hear from anyone who might have some information that will assist our investigation."

No arrests have been made.

A relative, who did not want to be named, said on Thursday that Mrs Syrad found her motionless husband - known as Ted - after freeing herself.

He said: "The burglars walked into the bedroom and she was held at gunpoint. It's unclear what happened to Ted.

"As far as I'm aware she was tied up in one room and Ted was in another room. He was a crafty smoker, so it's thought he was in the garden having his last cigarette of the day and they came over the wall. She rang 999 after the burglars left. She'd managed to hop into another room where she saw Ted. She tried to nudge him but he wasn't moving."

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