A 65-year-old man who "should have been safe in his own home" was attacked by armed robbers who broke into his property in Lancashire.
Men wearing balaclavas assaulted the man after entering through the back of his property on Walter Street in Darwen at around 10.30pm on Saturday, May 25.
They made demands for money and used weapons including a metal bar leaving the victim suffering from broken ribs, a broken shoulder, injuries to his head and eyes and deep cuts all over his hands and legs.
The victim was taken to Royal Preston Hospital where he is still in a stable condition.
The Lancashire Constabulary are urging witnesses or anyone with information to call 101 or 01254 353870 quoting incident reference 1746 of May 25.