A Rotherham pensioner who was attacked inside his home remains unconscious in hospital a week after the assault.
The 80-year-old man of Salisbury Road in Maltby, Rotherham, was found with serious injuries inside his home on the morning of October 1.
The elderly man, who requires home care, was taken to hospital where he remains in a serious but stable condition.
Detectives investigating the reported assault have issued a further appeal for information as officers try to track down a safe that is believed to be missing from his home.
Detective Inspector Richard Partridge, who is overseeing the investigation, said: “We have issued several appeals for information already on this nasty attack and I’d like to thank the public and local community for their support so far.
“However, we are yet to locate the safe that we believe was taken from the man’s home when he was assaulted.
“We issued a brief description of the item we’re looking for earlier this week and now we’re issuing an image taken from a website of a safe that is similar to the one we believe was in the house in case this helps jog someone’s memory.”
The safe, which is light grey and has a key lock, is around 40cm x 30cm x 18cm and is big enough to accommodate A4 documents, weighing around 7kg.
DI Partridge continued: “This elderly man remains very unwell in hospital and has not yet regained consciousness, so it is vital we piece together what might have taken place before he was found injured at his home.
“I’d urge everyone living in the local area to cast their minds back to last week – Salisbury Road is often quite busy, with buses and cars passing through – and consider whether there was anything out of the ordinary or anything suspicious.
“If you can recall any small detail, it might help us with our enquiries and I’d urge you to get in touch.
“Similarly, please look closely at the image of the safe – if you have seen anything that looks similar to this, in the Maltby area or across Rotherham, we’d like to hear from you.”
Two 19-year-old man are currently on police bail after being arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and burglary.
A South Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: “If you recall any information that could help officers, please call 101 or email email@example.com, quoting incident number 408 of 1 October 2015.”