IMAGES have been released by police in connection with a robbery where an elderly man was beaten with baseball bats.

Shortly before 8.40pm on Saturday 5 August 2017, police were called to reports of an aggravated burglary in Gatefield Close, Radcliffe.

The offenders forced the front door open and three men armed with baseball bats and wearing balaclavas entered the 75-year-old’s home.

The elderly man was badly beaten and taken to hospital with serious injuries.

A neighbour who was visiting the elderly man at the time of the robbery was also injured and required hospital treatment.

The offenders fled the scene in a light coloured Peugeot 206 which police have released a CCTV image of in the hope that someone might recognise it.

Detectives have also released an image of a man they are particularly keen to speak to in connection with the offence.

Detective Sergeant Ian Partington, from Bury CID, said: “We are hoping people might recognise something from these pictures that could really help with our investigation.

“I know they aren’t the best quality but someone should be able to recognise the car or remember if they saw it that day. The car’s likely to have stood out because it has completely black wheels, whilst the man is wearing distinctive clothing which will hopefully be identifiable to someone.”

“I would urge anybody that thinks they have any information on either the car or the man to please contact police.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting incident number 2115 of 5 August 2017, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.