Detectives in Lewisham are appealing for information and witnesses after burglars attacked a sleeping pensioner in his bed, ransacked his home and left him for dead.
The victim, a 70-year-old man, was asleep at his home address in Garlies Road, Lewisham when the attack began at 23:00hrs on Friday 22 September.
Police believe two men forced entry to his home via a back door. One of the intruders then began violently hitting the victim across the head as he lay asleep.
The victim - whose grandfather fought in WWI was unconscious when the attackers stole items from his property including a WWI tobacco tin which was issued to all troops.
Detective Constable David Vial of Lewisham CID is leading the investigation. He said: "Attacking a vulnerable elderly man sleeping in his bed is as low as it gets. What is particularly disturbing is there was no apparent need to wake the victim.
"The theft of property from the house could well have carried out without this callous unprovoked and sustained assault which left the victim with terrible injuries.
"The victim was taken to a central London hospital where he received treatment for multiple wounds to the head and face, including deep wounds to the left eye and open wound to the head. The victim sustained a depressed skull fracture and fracture to the right eye socket.
"He has been discharged from hospital and is now recuperating at home with his family."
"The suspect has taken a number of items in particular a WWI tobacco tin issued to all troops, which was owned by his grandfather and was complete. Although a common item, it had sentimental value.
"It is imperative that we find the two culprits involved and bring them to justice before they attack anyone else."
Anyone with information concerning this attack is urged to call Lewisham CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. You can also tweet information to police via @MetCC.