A decorated Second World War veteran, 98, is in hospital with life-threatening injuries after a “brutal and senseless” attack in his own home.
Peter Gouldstone, is thought to have been robbed on November 5, and it might have been up to 20 hours before anyone was alerted to his plight.
He served in the Royal Corps of Signals during the Second World War, achieving the rank of Corporal and was recognised for “gallant and distinguished service”.
Police believe Mr Gouldstone may have been dragged through his house in Evesham Road in Enfield, north London. He has two bleeds on the brain.
Mr Gouldstone’s son Simon – a retired civil servant who worked at the Central Arbitration Committee – travelled from Barnet after getting a call from a neighbour.
He said: “I have keys to the front door and walked into the house and smelt a rat because the house was very cold. I shouted out, went upstairs and there he was on the floor.
“He was obviously bruised and was groaning a bit. Semi conscious but breathing. It’s absolutely appalling. He was very independent. He was very capable. For his age, everybody thought he was doing very well. Far from sedentary. It’s a horrible incident.
“I have seen him in hospital. He was sedated so wasn’t able to communicate. His condition I understand is stable. It’ll probably take a few days to find out where we are going with this.”
His father was working for the Post Office as an engineer when war was declared, and was sent to Italy to fix telephone lines in 1944.
Officers from the Metropolitan Police believe there was a disturbance at the address and said personal items and a 26-inch Panasonic television were missing. Similar models to the one stolen are available online from as little as £25.
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