A man in his 80s is recovering after being beaten by a burglar.
The victim, who is 83, returned to his home in Southport to find the burglar ransacking his property.
He confronted the burglar, who then attacked him.
The intruder bound and gagged him, then demanded money.
Some cash was stolen along with a 42-inch TV.
Police say the victim was left shaken and is now in a stable condition in hospital.
Chief Superintendent Nikki Holland from Merseyside Police said: "This was a despicable incident that has left an elderly man traumatised.
"Detectives are shocked at the level of unnecessary violence the victim endured in a sustained attack in his own home and we are appealing to the community to help us find the person responsible.
"We take these types of incidents extremely seriously and urge anyone who may have seen a man acting suspiciously in the area either around the time of the incident, or in the days prior to the offence, to call us so we can take action against the offender."
The burglar is described as shorter than 5ft9in tall and of medium build. He spoke with a strong Scottish accent.
He was wearing a dark coloured, donkey-type jacket or fleece and a balaclava.
Anyone with any information about what happened should call Merseyside Police on 0151 777 3834, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.