Armed robbers used an “utterly deplorable level of violence” as they attacked a 65-year-old man with a metal bar during a raid on his home, police said.
A gang of men wearing balaclavas were said to have burst in through the back of the victim’s property on Walter Street in Darwen, Lancs, at around 10.30pm on Saturday.
The terrified homeowner was then “badly beaten” by the group with weapons including a metal bar as they made demands for money, according to Lancashire Police.
He suffered broken ribs, a broken shoulder, injuries to his head and eyes as well as cuts to his hands and legs.
The victim was taken to Royal Preston Hospital where he is now in a stable condition, the force said.
DS Amanda Bleazard from Blackburn Police said: “This was a truly shocking attack on a man who should have been safe in his own home.
“The level of violence used was utterly deplorable and totally needless.
“We have a team of detectives working on finding who was responsible for this appalling robbery and I am asking anyone who may have seen a group of men acting suspiciously in the area in the time leading up to the attack to get in touch.