Attempted murder of pensioner in his home prompts charity to offer a reward to catch those responsible.
The charity Crimestoppers has announced that it is offering a reward of up to £5,000 for information after a pensioner was brutally attacked in his home in Oldbury, West Midlands.
Albert Joseph, who is 71 years old, had returned from a local shop on Sunday 10th February where it is believed he took out £700 to pay for various items.
Shortly after returning to an address in Titford Road, Oldbury, four men forced entry into his property. A violent attack ensued where the Mr Joseph was attacked with a hammer to his head, and also stabbed and slashed around the head and neck. His injuries left him with a broken back.
His wife witnessed the attack and Mr Joseph’s six-year-old son who was at the property at the time had a knife put to his throat. Stolen were £4,000 worth of jewellery and gold, and a total of £450 cash.
Crimestoppers charity is now offering a reward of up to £5,000 for information the charity receives that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for this attempted murder
Pauline Hadley, Regional Manager for the West Midlands at Crimestoppers, said: “We believe everyone has the right to be safe from crime wherever they live.
“To have a pensioner attacked in his home and a child threatened in this way by a group of men has shocked the community of Oldbury. The victim’s family are desperate for answers as to who was responsible. We know someone will have information on this attempted murder that could make all the difference. These men must be found before someone else is hurt.
“Our UK Contact Centre is open 24/7 on 0800 555 111 or you can use our anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No-one will know you contacted us and it could be your information that makes a huge difference.”
If you have any information on who was responsible you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through the untraceable Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.