DETECTIVES are investigating an armed burglary at an Uxbridge pub.

Police were called at around 4.30am to reports of men armed with hammers and knives burgling the General Elliott in St John's Road on Tuesday, May 12.

They found three people injured. A man of 19 had a head injury, while a man and a woman - aged 55 and 51 respectively - had facial injuries. The younger man was treated at hospital and later discharged.

It is understood that three white men - no further descriptions at this stage – broke into the pub's first-floor living area by climbing a ladder into a rear bedroom.

Armed with a crowbar, a hammer and a kitchen-style knife, they woke the two men, who were threatened and assaulted. It is believed the 19-year-old was struck with a crowbar. They also assaulted the woman, demanding money and access to the safe.

They stole a quantity of cash and fled the scene through the rear of the pub.

Officers are appealing for anyone who was in or around the St John's Road area in the early hours and who may have seen or heard anything suspicious to contact them.

Call Det Con Emma Butcher on 020 8246 1563 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.