This is the shocking moment thugs forced their way into a home and then smashed a grandad repeatedly over the head with a HAMMER – before leaving empty-handed.
Brave Mick Brown, 53, is lucky to be alive after his skull was shattered during the attack on Monday evening (10 Dec) after he fought back and tried to defend his property.
The drama unfolded at around 7.10pm and CCTV captured two men approaching the home where Mick and his wife Yvonne Brown, 59, were spending the evening in.
The culprits knocked on the door of the property before bursting in and charging past Yvonne who answered thinking it was delivery men.
They then attempted to overpower grandad-of-eight Mick, who was sat in the living room watching Emmerdale, with hammers concealed in their jackets.
Following a struggle, Mick was then knocked unconscious after three blows to the head, including one with the claw of the hammer.
In the footage, Yvonne manages to escape the clutches of one of the attackers who tries to drag her back and can be seen sprinting from the house in Norley near Wigan, Greater Mancs.
Yvonne, who runs a family business with her husband, then sought refuge at a neighbour’s house, where she called police.
Mick, who is diabetic, remains in hospital with a swollen knee, fractured skull and bruising but doctors believe he will make a full recovery.
His stepson, Stew Fleming, 41, is appealing for anyone who recognises the intruders to contact police to help bring the pair to justice.
He said: “They could have killed him. There were three blows to the head, another missed and Mick blocked one with his hand.
“They also tried to kneecap him to get him down but he managed to stay on his feet.
“He is absolutely distraught, if it was anyone who didn’t have anything about them they would have had a field day.
“There are people who go out to rob someone and there are people going to properly hurt someone. They need to be off the streets as soon as possible.”
Stew believes the men may have targeted his mum’s house because a BMW X5 and Mini Sport were parked on the driveway.
“My mum answered the door thinking it was a delivery. It’s that time of year and she has ordered things to the house,” added Stew.
“She was confronted with two lads who pushed her inside, one of them went straight into the living room.
“Luckily my mum managed to get away from them and make her way out of the house.
“Meanwhile the other guy went in and hit Mick over the head twice with a hammer. Mick had started getting the better of him but then the other one turned up.
“They tried to get his kneecaps with the hammer and then gave him another couple of blows to the head.
“They crushed his wedding ring onto his finger with one of the blows and finally knocked him out.”
Anyone with information about the incident should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.