A father from Hampshire has told ITV News Meridian he thought he was going to die after being attacked by masked raiders in front of his terrified daughters.
Builder, Darren Selway and his wife, Ashley, were attacked outside their home in Waterlooville. The couple had rushed into the street when they heard thieves breaking into his Ford Transit van that had his work tools inside.
Mr Selway was hit over the head with a crowbar - and his wife punched in the face - when he challenged the thieves.
The attackers ran away when one of the couple's daughters - who'd been watching - opened a side gate to free the family Rottweiler.
Mr Selway was left with a fractured skull, a bleed on the brain and needing surgery to fit a titanium plate.
Doctors say, if he'd been hit a few inches to the left or right he'd probably have died.
Christine Alsford reports:
Police are still appealing for information about the incident which happened at around 9pm on 7th February. They say the car the men drove away in had the boot open and they may have stopped to close it.
Two of the men who assaulted the victims are described as:
- Thin build.
- The first man was wearing a grey hooded top and had his face covered by a scarf. He was also wearing a baseball cap under the hooded top.
- The second man was driving the car the men left in. He was 5ft 8ins tall, aged in his late teens, and was wearing a grey hooded top over a baseball cap and had his face covered.
Officers are urging anyone with CCTV which may help them to identify the men, or anyone who was in the area at around 9pm, who saw what happened to contact them on 101 quoting reference 44190046666.