A 70-year-old pensioner, who was brutally beaten while he slept, was left unconscious with a skull fracture while burglars stole his WWI memorabilia.
The victim was asleep at his home in Garlies Road, Lewisham, when the attack began at 11pm on September 22.
Police believe two men forced their way into his home through the back door before they began violently hitting the pensioner across the head as he slept.
The victim, whose grandfather fought in WWI, was unconscious when the attackers stole items from his property, including a WWI tobacco tin which was issued to all troops.
Detective Constable David Vial, the leading investigator from Lewisham CID, condemned the attack on the “vulnerable” pensioner last month.
“Attacking a vulnerable elderly man sleeping in his bed is as low as it gets,” he said.
“What is particularly disturbing is there was no apparent need to wake the victim.”
Following the attack, the 70-year-old was taken to a central London hospital where he received treatment for multiple wounds to the head and face.
He suffered a deep wounds to the left eye, an open wound to the head, a depressed skull fracture and a fracture to the right eye socket.
The victim has now been discharged from hospital and is now recuperating at home with his family.
'Bring them to justice'
Detective Constable Vial added: “The suspect has taken a number of items, in particular, a WWI tobacco tin, which was owned by his grandfather and was complete.
“Although a common item, it had sentimental value.
“It is imperative that we find the two culprits involved and bring them to justice before they attack anyone else.”
Anyone with information concerning this attack is urged to call Lewisham CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. You can also tweet information to police via @MetCC.
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