96-year-old man seriously injured after being attacked with hammer

Thursday, November 23, 2017

A 96-year-old man has been left with serious injuries after being attacked with a hammer during a distraction burglary in Taunton.

The man was at his home in Gipsy Lane when he answered a call at the door between 4pm and 5pm yesterday (November 22).

The caller asked the victim if he wanted some work done on his house. When he refused, the man attacked the victim with what’s believed to be a claw hammer.

The victim suffered serious injuries to his head and body and was taken to hospital for treatment.

DCI James Riccio said: “This was a vicious and sickening attack on an elderly man in his own home and we’ve launched a full-scale investigation to find the person who did this.

“The victim managed to raise the alarm with a neighbour before being taken to hospital, where his condition is described as potentially life-threatening.

“We cordoned off the scene and carried out house-to-house enquiries last night. A dog unit was also involved in an initial search of the area, but more searches will be carried out today.

“The offender has been described as white, in his mid-thirties, clean-shaven, solid/athletic build, with dark hair. He was wearing dark clothing and jeans.”

DCI Riccio added: “Offences of this magnitude are rare but I’d like to reassure residents that we’re using all necessary resources to investigate this crime. 

“It’s hard to imagine how anyone could attack a 96-year-old man in his own home and I believe there will be people who have knowledge about who was responsible. If you do, I’d ask you to examine your conscience and do the right thing in calling us with a name.

“There will be increased police activity around the Gipsy Lane area over the next few days. If you have any concerns, please speak to a member of your neighbourhood policing team.”