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Police hunt 'monsters' who robbed pensioner of life savings

Undated handout photos issued by South Yorkshire Police of Tommy Ward, 80 Credit: South Yorks Police

An 80-year-old man left with horrific injuries after home invaders robbed him of his life savings remains in a serious condition, police say.

Tommy Ward's daughter Jackie Perry said those who beat up her dad were "animals" who "left him for dead for the sake of money".

Police have appealed for further help to find the attackers of ex-miner Tommy Ward 50 days after the raid on his home in Maltby, South Yorkshire.

Detectives say they believe the key to finding those who took part in the "vicious and cowardly assault" lies in the local community.

Mr Ward, who only weighs nine stone, was found badly injured at his home in Salisbury Road on Thursday 1st October. A safety deposit box was taken along with a substantial amount of cash, thought to be around £30,000.

After the attack, Mr Ward's family - which includes his four children, 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren - described his attackers as "monsters".

South Yorkshire Police said the pensioner remains in hospital in a serious condition with a "significant neurological injury".

Posters are now being distributed across the local community in the hope that they will jog people's memories and encourage more people to come forward to help with the investigation.

Detective Inspector Richard Partridge, who is overseeing the investigation, said:

I'm very grateful to the local community and the wider public in Rotherham for their continued support as we carry out our inquiries into this vicious and cowardly assault.

Mr Ward's injuries are significant and the attack happened in his own home, therefore we must be sure we have gathered every bit of information available to us so we can piece together what happened to him.

I firmly believe the answer to what happened to Mr Ward lies in the local community and I know there will be people in Maltby with suspicions around who is responsible.

– Detective Inspector Richard Partridge

A box similar to the one reported stolen from Mr Ward was recovered in the Kilnhurst area of Rotherham two weeks after the attack but officers said he can't be sure it is the same one.

Two 19-year-old men are on police bail after being arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and burglary.