TWO men have been charged in connection with a terrifying burglary where a husband and wife were tied up before having their property stolen.

Essex Police launched a major investigation after the incident in Halstead Road, Fordham, in November 2018.

Two men arrived at the home shortly after 9am with one carrying flowers claiming to be there to make a delivery.

When a woman answered the door, she was attacked and tied up.

Her husband then heard a commotion and came rushing towards them.

The raiders also tied him up and assaulted him.

Cash and jewellery was stolen from the home before the men left in a car.

The victims, who were aged in their 50s, were taken to hospital.

Fortunately, they escaped with just bruising and cuts.

Two arrests were made in May last year in relation to the raid and Essex Police have now confirmed two men have been charged.

Barry Sharp, 43, of Britten Road, Lowestoft, and Gary Thompson, 44, of Sidney Road, Ludlow, are accused of conspiracy to commit burglary.

They appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court las week. No pleas were entered.

They are next due to appear at Ipswich Crown Court on July 15 for a plea and trial preparation hearing.

A spokesman for Essex Police said: "It follows an extensive investigation by the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate into a burglary in Halstead Road, Fordham, in November 2018, in which a man and a woman aged in their 50s were assaulted."