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87-year-old attacked and robbed in his own home

Arthur 'Bob' Gumbley suffered bruising to his left eye and requires surgery to his right arm. Photo: West Midlands Police

An 87-year-old man requires surgery after he was injured in an attack by two men who broke into his home before robbing him.

Arthur 'Bob' Gumbley, was found lying on the floor and covered in blood at his home in Endwood Drive in Sutton Coldfield, shortly before 22:00 on 21 November.

Police say he had been bunched in the face and kicked whilst on the floor.

Arthur was taken to hospital where he is being treated for severe bruising to his left eye, both hands and right arm, which will require surgery. He also suffered bruising to he back of his neck and chest, as well as other facial injuries.

The force believe the robbery took place between 20:00 and 22:00. The robbers 'ransacked the house' according to police and stole cash from Arthur's wallet. It is not yet known if any other items were taken.

The suspects are both described as white, with one in his late teens and the other in his mid-twenties.

Detective Inspector John Quilty said:

This was a despicable and cowardly attack on a defenceless, elderly man in his own home. Mr Gumbley suffered terrible injuries and was understandably left very badly shaken.

His family has agreed to release photos of his injuries in the hope that anyone who has any information about the attack will come forward.

– Detective Inspector John Quilty

Anyone with information is urged to call 101 quoting incident number 828 of 21 November or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.