Police have launched an appeal to find three men after a vulnerable 82-year-old man was beaten up and robbed in the middle of the street.
Ahmet Dobran, who suffers from Parkinson’s and is being treated for cancer, was pinned down by vicious thugs while he was walking along Sussex Road in Newham, East London.
The group physically assaulted Mr Dobran before ripping his gold bracelet and Longine watch off of him.
The pensioner was left with three fractures to his vertebrae after one of the men grabbed him by the neck with another repeatedly punched him on his arms and back, police said.
His son and daughter said that the attack, which took place in August, has taken their father’s independence away.
They said: “Our father is not an indoor person, and now he will be stuck indoors for the rest of his life.
“We are appalled at how someone can do this to an old man.
“He is now unable to fly to Cyprus to see the rest of his family, he used to go there a couple of times a year.”
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Appealing for information to help catch the thugs, they added: “Can someone please come forward with information regarding who done this to our father, someone knows who they are.
“The people who did this could do this to someone else, with no guilty conscience.”
PC Sam Bush fro the Metropolitan Police said: “How three grown men can be so vicious in attacking and robbing an 82-year-old man with a walking stick is beyond comprehension.
“Over the past month, Mr Dobran has been in and out of an induced coma, and he is now on a high dependency ward in hospital.
“He needs breathing apparatus, which includes a tracheotomy. Doctors are not sure if this is permanent or temporary.
“The men still have not been identified, and I believe that they are not local to the area of East Ham, or even Newham.
“Someone knows who the suspects are we need to catch them before they target anyone else, as they clearly have utter disregard for their victims and do not hesitate to use violence.”
Anyone who recognises the men pictured is urged to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111. You can also Tweet information to police @MetCC.