A brave pensioner has released shocking photographs of his injuries after thugs attacked him in his garden and left him hospitalised.
Robert Thompson, 74, sustained a broken nose, fractured cheek and broken hip in an unprovoked attack outside an address on Stella Road, Blaydon.
It was reported that about 12.20pm on April 22, the offender jumped over a garden fence and attacked Mr Thompson, before fleeing the scene on foot along Stella Road, where he was seen getting into a black car.
Police are now asking for anyone who witnessed the incident, or who might have information about those responsible, to come forward.
Detective Constable Ben Malinski said: “This was a callous and unprovoked attack which left a vulnerable pensioner needing surgery.
“Thankfully Mr Thompson has made a speedy recovery and is recuperating well, but we are determined to find whoever is responsible for this vicious assault.
“We have carried out a number of enquiries in connection with this incident and are now appealing to the public to information. If you saw anything, or you think you might have information about who is responsible, please come forward as soon as possible.”
The offender is described as a white male in his early 20’s with a slight build. He was sporting a scruffy beard was wearing a grey hooded top.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police by visiting the Tell us Something page on our website quoting log 396 220420. Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.