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Monday, 22 December 2014

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Victim tells how gang burst into Barrow flat and attacked him

A TERRIFYING attack left a Barrow man needing hospital treatment after being beaten by a gang as he lay in bed.

David Greenall, 42, was in bed in his Broad Close flat, in Barrow, at around 7.15am on Saturday when a group of men burst through his front door and attacked him.

He said a group of around five men, who he described as being in their late teens, were involved in the incident which left him with a black eye and a bust nose.

Mr Greenall, an out of work chef, was shaken by the vicious attack but managed to stagger to a neighbour’s flat who dialled 999.

He was taken to Furness General Hospital where he was treated for his injuries before he returned home.

He said: “I’ve only lived here a couple of weeks.

“I don’t normally lock the door because it feels safe here.

“I was in bed when about five guys burst in – they came through the door and started punching me in the face. I was so shocked.”

Mr Greenall said he did not know his attackers and had no idea why he had been targeted.

The thieves made off with his mobile phone and a tobacco tin, containing a small amount of money.

At the time of the attack, four weeks after Mr Greenall moved into the flat, good luck cards were still up on the shelf.

Former chef Mr Greenall has suffered with health problems, including a broken back, which leaves him relying on crutches to get around. He had a spell in hospital in January after he suffered bleeding on the brain.

He said of the attackers: “They bust my nose, they took my phone.

“I’m in discomfort. I’ve no idea who it was. I’m confused why they decided to pick me.

“I just didn’t have a clue what was going on.”

The incident is being investigated by Barrow CID. Anyone who witnessed anything suspicious, or has any information, is asked to contact Barrow CID on 101 or phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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