Jaywick: 72-year-old who was hit in the face with sledgehammer during midnight attack fought off three attackers with walking stick

A man was attacked near Colchester Sixth Form College in the early hours of this morning, police hav

A man was attacked near Colchester Sixth Form College in the early hours of this morning, police have said. - Credit: Archant

Three men are being hunted by police after they attacked a 72-year-old man in his own home last night.

The offenders made off with just the man’s wallet after he fought back against them, with the victim needing treatment at Colchester Hospital after the midnight ordeal.

He had opened his back door to challenge someone in the alleyway next to his house in Meadow Way after hearing noises outside.

The men then forced their way into the house and assaulted him with the sledgehammer as well as punching him.

Police later searched the area but didn’t find any traces of the men, described as white, over the age of 20 and wearing grey hooded tops and tracksuit bottoms with white spray masks over their faces.

Investigating Officer Detective Inspector Neil Pudney said: “This was attack on an elderly man who has been assaulted in his own home.

“He would have been terrified. He has been injured whilst trying to fight off his attackers, who were armed with a sledgehammer, with just his walking stick.

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“This is an out-of-the-ordinary incident so somebody must know who did it or may have seen something that could help us find those responsible for this nasty crime.”

Anyone who saw suspicions behaviour in the area around Meadow Way or has other information which could help the police should call Clacton CID on 101 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.