A 98-year-old veteran who was decorated for his service in WW2 has been hospitalised with life-threatening injuries after a "brutal and senseless" robbery.
Police believe widower Peter Gouldstone was attacked in his own bedroom on Tuesday. He suffered 2 bleeds on the brain and multiple bruises to his body when at least one thief ransacked his home.
His TV was taken along with a number of other "personal possessions" from the property in Enfield, north London, the Metropolitan Police said, whilst appealing to the public for information.
Mr Gouldstone’s son, Simon, said: "My Dad's housebound and requires regular assistance.
"He's lived at his address for over 60 years. I was the first person that found him on Tuesday. He was in his bedroom on the floor. I noticed that he was agitated and was semi-conscious. He couldn't communicate.
"He had bruising on his arms and face. I'd urge any members of the public that know any information about those responsible or who maybe able to help the investigation to come forward to the police as soon as possible."
Detective Inspector Paul Ridley from North Area CID's leading the investigation. He said: "This was a brutal and senseless attack on a vulnerable pensioner in his own home. The level of violence used was completely excessive."
He added: "I'd urge any members of the public that may have seen any persons acting suspiciously in the vicinity of Evesham Road, Enfield, N11 to come forward to my investigation team as a priority."
"I can reassure residents that patrols have been stepped up in the area and extensive efforts are being made to identify and apprehend the persons responsible."
Neighbours told The Telegraph that there's been a spate of burglaries in the area, as the city’s crime wave rolls on.
Last month, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported a 2% rise in burglary in the 12 months to June 2018 nationally while data from the Mayor of London’s Police and Crime Office published January found an 18.7% rise in burglary in the capital between 2015 and 2017.
"I always used to say hello to him when he came out of his house to go shopping with his son," said Pio Gomez, 78, who lives opposite.
"It’s worrying. I hope the police can catch them. It’s callous. Who could've done this to an old man like him. He’s 98."
He served in the Royal Corps of Signals during WW2, achieving the rank of Corporal and was recognised for "gallant and distinguished service," the newspaper reports.