Shropshire man, 76, attacked in home at night

The house where the robbery took place
Image caption The man was attacked in his home in the village of Loppington

A 76-year-old Shropshire man has been badly beaten up in his home by intruders who stole his truck.

The man is in hospital with "serious injuries" following the robbery in the village of Loppington at about 2330 BST on Tuesday.

A police spokesman said the man was asleep in bed when he was confronted by two men.

He suffered a suspected fractured eye socket and a cut to his head after being forced to the floor and beaten.

He was taken to hospital where his condition on Wednesday was described as stable.

'Injured and traumatised'

Det Insp Sarah Wagstaff described it as a "cowardly attack" and appealed for the public's help in tracing the offenders.

Police want to find the man's white Ford Ranger pickup, registration number PY08 LZ, which was stolen from outside his house.

She said: "The vehicle was driven off towards Wem. Initial indications suggest two men were involved in the incident, but it may be more."

She said the number plate may have been changed or the vehicle could have been abandoned.

She added: "This is a distressing incident which has left an elderly man seriously injured and traumatised.

"We are carrying out extensive inquiries and would welcome any information from the public which might help us locate the missing vehicle or identify the offenders."

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