Nottinghamshire police hunting intruders responsible for a horrific attack on a couple in their home, have taken the decision to release black and white images of the man's "horrific" injuries because the colour picture is too graphic.
The 64-year-old unnamed victim and his 63-year-old wife were attacked after three masked men forced their way in a house in Auckland Road, Hucknall, at around 8.30pm last Tuesday.
The man was punched and left with a suspected broken nose and cheekbone. He also sustained a fractured hand. The attackers threw his wife to the ground before fleeing empty-handed.
The husband, whose name is not being released, said they would be installing CCTV at their home after the vicious attack.
“People like this go for those who they see as vulnerable. What concerns me most is that if they hit someone in their 80s like they hit me they could quite easily kill them", he said.
“What if it was your elderly parents or your grandparents? If you know who did this then please call police, so that it doesn’t happen to anyone else.”
Detective Inspector Rich Monk said: “We hope this picture might play on someone’s conscience.
“This couple were going about their normal routine at home on a Tuesday evening when their peace was shattered by intruders.
“This man did what he could to protect his home and family, managing to throw a few punches himself. But one against three is no contest and he came off the worse for wear.
“I would appeal again to anyone who knows anything about this violent, unprovoked attack to call us.
“Did someone you know come home that night with bloodied clothes and cuts and bruises to their face? Are their injuries now healing but they are still reluctant to talk about how they got them?
“Suffice to say the offenders in this case left their victim nursing more serious wounds, ones he will continue to be afflicted by in the weeks and months to come.
“The psychological harm caused by such an intrusion may never go away.”
If you have any information contact police or call Crimestoppers anonymously.