Police are investigating after a 73-year-old security guard was savagely beaten and left lying seriously injured for hours, following an attack at a Brierley Hill factory yesterday.

The guard was attacked after he challenged a man found near an office inside Stoke Forgings, a metal factory in Vine Street at around 1pm (19 March).

The man was hit numerous times, leaving him with serious head injuries. The guard was later discovered by a colleague who started work at around 7pm last night.

Detective Inspector Colin Mattinson from Force CID said:

The security guard is currently detained in a critical condition in hospital. This was a sustained and violent attack on an elderly man. We believe he challenged a man found inside the premises which led to the unprovoked attack taking place.

Detective Inspector Colin Mattinson

The factory unit has been sealed off by officers while forensic enquiries take place.