Police have launched an appeal to find the violent burglars who smashed an elderly man across the head as he lay in bed, leaving him for dead.
The 70-year-old man, whose grandfather fought in the First World War, was unconscious as his attackers stole items from his south-east London home, including a tobacco tin issued to troops.
He was taken to Kings College Hospital where he was treated for multiple wounds to his head and face, including a depressed skull fracture and fracture to the right eye socket, deep wounds to the left eye and an open wound to the head.
Detectives believe two men forced their way into his home in Garlies Road, Lewisham, at around 11pm on Friday September 22.
Detective Constable David Vial of the Metropolitan Police said: “Attacking a vulnerable elderly man sleeping in his bed is as low as it gets.
“What is particularly disturbing is there was no apparent need to wake the victim.
“The theft of property from the house could well have been carried out without this callous unprovoked and sustained assault which left the victim with terrible injuries.
“He has been discharged from hospital and is now recuperating at home with his family.
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“The suspect has taken a number of items, in particular a First World War tobacco tin issued to all troops, 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 is urged to call Lewisham CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.