Detectives praised the ‘tremendous courage’ of the victim of a traumatic robbery that saw him hacked at with a Samurai sword in his own home.

Reece Tickell and Liam Youngson, both 24, were each jailed for seven-and-a-half years at last week for a robbery that saw them raid a home in Drayton, near Abingdon, in search of cash and cannabis.

You can read our report from court here.

Welcoming the jail sentences, Det Con Nicola Clark of Abingdon CID said: “This was an extremely traumatic incident for the victim and for a witness who was also at the address.

“They have both shown tremendous courage and bravery coming forward and supporting the police investigation.

“I would like to thank them both for putting their trust in us to investigate this violent and terrible crime which has resulted in both offenders being convicted and jailed.”

She added: “Youngson and Tickell are both violent young men, and now have a considerable term of imprisonment to serve.

“We will not tolerate such criminality within the Thames Valley, and will always investigate such offences with determination to bring offenders to justice.

“I hope that the victim can put this horrific ordeal behind him and that these sentences can offer him some form of closure and he can move forward with his life.”

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