WARNING – DISTRESSING CONTENT: CCTV has captured the horrific moment a man suffered life-changing injuries as he was viciously attacked by three burglars.
Andy Thorne, 42, was ambushed by three men, hit with a crowbar and pushed into the back of a van in Scunthorpe, England, on June 17.
The assault left Mr Thorne in a coma and resulted in his losing sight in his right eye and several scars across his head.
Mr Thorne spoke of how the attack changed his life, telling Grimsby Telegraph: "As soon as I woke up, I remembered it all so clearly.”
“The doctors were amazed that I was awake and that I was functioning as normal.
"In that sense I am definitely lucky, as they thought I'd be in a wheelchair at the very least.
"But losing my eyesight was huge to me, that put me down.
"I had no idea what anxiety and depression was before this. When people had spoken to me about it before, I would just say something like, 'take a few days off work and relax' – I now realise it's so much more than that.”
Police arrested four men, who have been released pending further investigation.
Two other men were also arrested in connection with the incident but were released without charge.
On Wednesday, Humberside Police launched a fresh appeal for information.
Detective Inspector Kerry Bull of Humberside Police described the assault as “particularly nasty”.
“While these kinds of incidents are rare, we know the impact it they can have on victims and the wider community, which is why we are determined to do all we can to find those responsible,” the detective said.
"We have already made six arrests and it remains very much an active investigation.
“We're hopeful that by releasing the CCTV of the attack, we may reach people who have not previously seen our appeals.
"Someone out there knows who these men are and I want to appeal for those people who do to get in touch."
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