Girl, 4, watched fake cops beat up dad

A 4-year-old girl witnessed three robbers assault her father in their home in Drouwenerveen, Drenthe late on Sunday evening. The robbers were dressed as a police SWAT team, the police said on Opsporing Verzocht on Tuesday.

The father, a 38-year-old man, was seriously injured and is still in hospital. He was in the living room with his daughter when the robbers forced the front door and came into their home. Care was arranged for the girl. The robbery made a big impression on her, the police said.

The three robbers were armed, according to the police. They were wearing balaclavas, black trousers and black bulletproof vests with the word 'Politie' in white. They spoke Dutch with a North African accent, the police said.

The robbers left in an Audi RS6. The police call on any witnesses to come forward.