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Police hunt man after savage attack on guard


Police are investigating after a 73-year-old security guard was savagely beaten and left lying seriously injured for hours, following an attack at a Brierley Hill factory yesterday.

The guard was attacked after he challenged a man found near an office inside Stoke Forgings, a metal factory in Vine Street at around 1pm (Sunday 19 March).

The man was hit numerous times, leaving him with serious head injuries. 

The guard was later discovered by a colleague who started work at around 7pm last night.

The factory unit has been sealed off by officers while forensic enquiries take place.

Detective Inspector Colin Mattinson from Force CID said: “The security guard is currently detained in a critical condition in hospital. This was a sustained and violent attack on an elderly man. We believe he challenged a man found inside the premises which led to the unprovoked attack taking place.  The attacker then left the factory and the injured man was not discovered until several hours later.

“Enquiries are continuing and we are studying CCTV and carrying our forensic investigations at the scene. We are still trying to establish what the man was doing inside the premises and what, if anything was stolen.

“I would ask anyone who saw anything in the Vine Street area yesterday or anyone who has knowledge of this attack to call us as soon as possible on 101 or call Crimestoppers confidentially on 0800 555 111.”

Local neighbourhood officers have increased reassurance patrols in the area.