Vicious intruder leaves 70-year-old farmer with broken arm and nose

A vicious intruder left a 70-year-old farmer with a broken arm and nose after a heartless assault.

Robert Withers, from Halesowen, West Midlands, suffered severe blood loss after the assault left him with deep cuts above his right eye.

The brutal attack happened on Robert’s cattle and sheep farm around 5am on Monday September 8.

The brave pensioner was left was a broken nose and arm after the vicious attack

The brave pensioner was left was a broken nose and arm after the vicious attack

The farmer had seen a shadowy figure outside his door and when he confronted him he was told he had stopped for a cigarette.

When Robert challenged the man further, he was struck several times over the head leaving him needing stitches.

Injured Robert can be seen here in hospital

Injured Robert can be seen here in hospital

West Midlands Police have released CCTV footage of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the incident.

Detective Sergeant Leighton Shingles said: “The farmer’s injuries were so severe, that at one point doctors feared he may lose an eye.

Caught on camera: The CCTV footage shows the shadowy attacker approach the 70-year-old

Caught on camera: The CCTV footage shows the shadowy attacker approach the 70-year-old

“Fortunately he is making a steady recovery.

“His attacker is described as a stocky white man in his early forties. “He was wearing a dark sleeveless bomber jacket over a check shirt and dark trousers.

“He also wore a hat and claimed to come from Bartley Green.”

Anyone with information relating to the incident should contact the police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The farmer suffered severe blood loss due to the severity of his injuries

The farmer suffered severe blood loss due to the severity of his injuries