A PENSIONER was brutally attacked and “left for dead” by a gang of cowards who beat him to a bloody mess.
Barry Williams, 67, of Grantham, was jumped and beaten to the floor by three men who kicked and punched him as he lay defenceless.
Mr Williams was walking through the car park at Morrisons in Grantham when the men - believed to be in their early 20s, white and British - attacked.
Mr Williams said: “It was a really terrifying experience. I’ve been in shock for a couple of days now and I’m just starting to get to grips with what happened.
“What made it worse was I was just walking along minding my own business. They jumped on me and wouldn’t stop kicking and punching me.
“They just left me. If it hadn’t been for a group of young Polish or Eastern European lads who helped me and called 999, I would have been left for dead. It would be nice to get a chance to thank them in person.”
The attack took place at around 3.30am on Sunday morning (May 8).
Mr Williams was taken to hospital but was fortunate not to suffer any serious injuries. He was left with a broken nose as well as cuts and bruising to his head and face.
Det Con Jim Stevenson said: “This was clearly a very nasty attack on a man walking home through Grantham.
“We have very limited descriptions of the offenders and we are calling on the community to help us catch the people who have done this to a perfectly innocent man.
“We are releasing this photograph to encourage the community to come together and help us catch the violent criminals who have done this.”
Anyone with any information can call Lincolnshire Police on 0300 111 0300 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Mr Williams said: “It’s important that we catch these people. They are out there on the street and they could do this to someone else.”