Brutal baseball bat attack

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Detectives are appealing for information after masked burglars carried out a baseball attack in Scarborough.

A 43-year-old victim was left hospitalised after suffering broken ribs, a broken nose, a damaged lung, a perforated eardrum and various cuts and bruises during the incident

The incident happened in the victim’s Nelson Street home at about 9.30pm on Monday, September 10, and police are hunting the two men, wearing balaclavas, who burst into the house and attacked the victim with weapons believed to be baseball bats.

The offenders then stole various items from the property before fleeing the scene on foot.

DC Matt Collins, of Scarborough CID, said, “This was a very nasty and brutal incident which could so easily have resulted in fatal injuries.

“The sooner the two offenders are arrested and brought to justice the better for all concerned, not least for the victim who has only just been discharged from hospital.

“I am appealing to anyone who can help to identify the two suspects to come forward without delay.

“Also, I need to hear from residents who recall any unusual or suspicious behaviour in and around the Nelson Street area at about 9.30pm on Monday, September 10. Even a small piece of information could be extremely useful.”

The victim, who is a former soldier, managed to attract a neighbour’s attention by calling for help. He was taken to Scarborough Hospital by ambulance where he received treatment for his various injuries. He was discharged from hospital on Friday.

• Anyone with any information should call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for Matt Collins or Scarborough CID. If you wish to remain anonymous, information can be passed to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Please quote reference number 12120151873.