Gang of thugs armed with baseball bats beat elderly disabled man in Bury

The 75-year-old victim suffered serious injuries and remains in hospital as police step up patrols in Radcliffe

A disabled pensioner was battered with baseball bats in his own home by a gang of vicious masked thugs.

The 75-year-old was rushed to hospital with serious injuries following the brutal attack on Saturday, August 4.
Police say he remains in a serious condition.

The attack is being treated as an aggravated burglary. Details of what, if anything, was taken have not been revealed.

Police said a neighbour who was visiting the elderly man at the time was also injured and taken to hospital for treatment.

The attack happened at around 8.40pm on Gatefield Close in Radcliffe, Bury .

Three men, all armed with bats and wearing balaclavas, forced the man’s front door open before launching their attack.

The gang escaped in a hatchback car. Detectives have now issued an urgent appeal for information.

One of the men was white, of medium height and wearing a white t-shirt.

The thugs left the man’s house in a light-coloured Peugeot 206, believed to be either silver or pale blue.

Police believe the car could have been driven along Bolton Road in Radcliffe, as well as Stopes Road, Church Street and Lever Street in Little Lever, Bolton, either before or after the attack.

Det Sgt Ian Partington, from Bury CID, said the shocking attack was ‘completely motivated by greed’.

He said police patrols in the area have been stepped up, but described the attack as ‘isolated’.

“This was a callous attack on an innocent elderly man that was completely motivated by greed,” he added.

“We are treating this as an isolated incident and officers will continue to patrol the area. Please approach them with any concerns you may have and they will try to assist in any way they can.

“We are specifically asking businesses in the area of Stopes Road, Lever Street and Church Street in Little Lever to please review their CCTV footage, as they may have captured something that could help us. I would ask that anybody who thinks they may know something that can assist with our investigation to please contact police.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, quoting incident number 2115 of August 5, 2017, or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


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