Coventry & Warwickshire

Coventry man, 85, 'viciously' attacked by charity imposter

Victim with a bruised face Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption The 85-year-old victim is recovering in hospital

An 85-year-old man has been attacked and robbed in his own home after letting in a man who claimed he was from a charity for the elderly.

The attacker, who addressed the victim by his name, asked him to take off the door chain at his house in the Stoke area of Coventry and forced his way in.

Claiming he was from Age Concern, the man punched the pensioner, breaking his nose and a rib.

He then locked him in a room and ransacked his house.

It happened at about 13:30 BST on 23 April.

'Vicious and sustained'

No arrests have been made.

The attacker took cash and bank cards from the man.

Det Insp Gerrard Amadeo, from West Midlands Police, 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."

Det Insp Amadeo appealed for anyone who may have seen someone "acting suspiciously" in the area on that day to come forward.

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