A burglary victim has issued an emotional plea to the public after he was savagely attacked in his own home near Newcastle-under-Lyme.
His moving appeal comes in conjunction with the release of an e-fit of one of the suspects and the offer of a substantial reward by independent charity Crimestoppers for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person or persons responsible for the aggravated burglary.
At around 10.30pm on Wednesday 5 August offenders forced entry to an address in Peacocks Hay, Talke, and seriously assaulted 49-year-old Ian Alcock (watch his story here) before stealing a quantity of cash.
Fortunately, Ian was able to flee from the address and flag down a passing motorist who alerted the emergency services. He was taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital where he received treatment for serious head and facial injuries.Ian describes the attack as ‘savage’ and says the attack has left him unable to sleep in his own home.
Extensive searches of the surrounding area, utilising the force’s Dog Support Unit and Air Support Unit, proved fruitless.
The suspects are described as four men dressed in dark clothing and balaclavas. It is believed they made off on foot across fields towards Reginald Mitchell Way. During the attack one of the men removed his face covering and Ian has worked with detectives to produce an e-fit of his face.
It is believed that a vehicle was waiting nearby but the men would have had to walk/run along roads as they fled the scene.
A 34-year-old man from Newcastle-under-Lyme has been arrested in connection with the incident and he remains on bail pending further inquiries.
Detective Constable Liam Rider, investigating officer, said: “Fortunately, it’s very unusual for an incident of this nature to occur in Staffordshire.
“This was a particularly nasty attack on an innocent victim who was left badly injured. Thankfully, Ian’s physical injuries are healing but he has been left mentally scarred by this ordeal. We need to find his attackers and bring them to justice.
“Despite a very detailed and thorough investigation, including forensic examination of the scene, trawling hours of CCTV footage and checking Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) data, we have only made one arrest so far.
“We’ve worked closely with the victim to create this e-fit of one of the suspects and I’d urge people to look closely at him. If you think you know him, or have seen him anywhere, please contact police immediately.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 761 of August 5.
Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers are offering a reward of up to £5,000 to anyone who offers information that leads to the arrest and conviction of any person or persons responsible for the aggravated burglary. To pass information to Crimestoppers anonymously please call 0800 555 111 or use their Anonymous Online Form. Details cannot be traced and you will not go to court.