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Pensioner left 'deeply traumatised' after brutal attack by doorstep robber

Coventry Editorial 8th May, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

POLICE in Coventry are asking for witnesses to come forward after a pensioner was brutally attacked in his own home.

The 85-year-old answered the door to a man claiming to be from Age Concern who addressed the occupant by his name and asked him to remove the door chain.

As he did so the man forced his way in and punched the elderly victim several times causing extensive facial injuries and chest bruising including a broken nose and a cracked rib.

The man was forced to hand over cash and bank cards before being locked in his front room, while the offender searched the property.

The robbery happened around 1.30pm on Thursday, April 23 in Northfield Road, Stoke.

Police have spoken to residents in the area and trawled CCTV as well as a forensic examination of the property, but as yet no arrests have been made.

Detective Inspector Gerrard Amadeo, who is leading the investigation, said: “This was a particularly vicious and sustained attack which has left an elderly man with horrific injuries. He remains in hospital where his physical injuries continue to heal, but he has been left deeply traumatised by the incident.

“I am now appealing for anyone who may have seen someone acting suspiciously in the area on that day to come forward.

“This man did the right thing by having a chain on his door, but it is also essential to ask for identification from anyone purporting to be from an organisation.

“If there is any doubt, call the company and check the caller out while they wait. A bonafide caller will not mind if you do this.”

Anyone with information is urged to call Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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