Northampton man, 83, beat with hammer in 'violent' attack

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Media captionIan McCann was hit in his left eye during the morning attack

An 83-year-old man was tied up and beaten across the face with a hammer by a robber who forced his way in to his Northampton home.

Ian McCann said the "vicious" attack happened after he went to investigate a noise at his back door in Elgin Street early on Sunday.

The Army veteran said the man demanded money and threatened to kill his dog before striking him in the eye.

Northamptonshire Police have appealed for witnesses.

"He broke the telephone cord off, tied my hands behind my back with the cord and then demanded money. It was very violent," said Mr McCann.

"He threatened to kill my dog because the dog was barking - it's only a little chihuahua, it's hardly likely to cause him much damage.

"He's a nasty, vicious thug that needs to be caught."

Mr McCann said the robber made off with a small amount of money and his debit card.

Det Insp David Harley, from Northamptonshire Police, said: "This person is extremely dangerous.

"He's attacking elderly people for very little financial gain and if we don't get him there is a danger that he will do it again, so anybody who has any information, no matter how small, please contact us."

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