Photo of pensioner brutally beaten in ‘attempted murder’ attack sparks appeal

Tommy Ward in hospital and before the attack
Tommy Ward in hospital and before the attack

The family of a former soldier who was left with fighting for his life after violent thieves made off with his life savings have launched a heartfelt appeal.

Tommy Ward, aged 80, lost £30,000 after being savagely beaten up in his South Yorkshire home.

He was left with horrific injuries, needing a six hour operation to staple together a wound stretching from ear-to-ear.

Now Tommy’s family, including his four children, 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren, are pulling together to raise funds and ‘nail’ those responsible.

His daughter Jackie Perry, 52, appealed for the public to help find who attacked Tommy.

Police are also trying to find the safe which was stolen from Mr Ward’s house in the raid.

The light grey box contained £30,000 worth of his life savings, which he kept at home instead of at the bank.

Detective Inspector Sean Bird, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “This was a vicious assault and we currently pursuing a number of positive lines of enquiry.”

Police arrested three men on suspicion of attempted murder earlier this month after Tommy was found seriously injured in his own home in Salisbury Road, Maltby, Rotherham.

The men, two aged 19 and a 23-year-old, all from the local area, were arrested on October 4 on suspicion of attempted murder, after the incident happened on October 1.

The South Yorkshire Police investigation is ongoing. If you have information that could help, call 101 quoting incident number 408 of October 1.

To donate to the family’s fundraising, go to Tommy Ward GoFundMe

READ THE ORIGINAL STORY HERE: Three arrested on suspicion of attempted murder