A man was beaten with a baseball bat and left with serious bruising after an unprovoked attack in his own home.
40-year-old, Lee Ormson, a private hire taxi driver, was at his property on Surrey Street, Preston, when an intruder entered his front door and subjected him to a brutal beating.
Lee said: “My wife had taken the dog out for a walk about 9.20pm on Thursday night and had left the door slightly ajar so she could get back in.
“I heard some movement outside the door so I got up to go to the door to meet her coming in when I saw a figure just standing there.
“I looked at him for a moment expecting him to say something to me but he then he just raised his arms above his head and started to beat me with a baseball bat.”
The attack continued for two to three minutes and, as Lee was knocked to the floor, he managed to raise his arms to protect his head.
However his arms, torso and hand beared the brunt of the bat.
Lee said: “The only thing that was taken was a pile of money that was on the mantlepiece, about £70 or £80.
“My laptop was also smashed up - I don’t know if that was intentional or it just got in the way.”
Though one man came into Lee’s home, another man waited outside and it was only by chance that Lee’s wife, Maureen, was not also harmed.
“My wife actually bumped into someone she knows on her way back from her walk so they ended up chatting for a couple of minutes.
“A next door neighbour dragged her in to their house when she was on her way back to our house and kept her inside.
“They told her they had heard shouting and screaming coming from our house and kept her at their house until the police and ambulance arrived.
Shaken by the event Lee is now afraid to even be in his own home.
He said: “The attack has left me unable to work and I feel very vulnerable.
“I’m scared, I don’t feel safe in my own home.
“It was quite clearly a case of mistaken identity.
“They obviously meant to do some serious damage to me.”
Lee was taken to hospital where he was treated for bruising and two broken fingers.
A police spokeman said: “It is fair to say that this is an unusual case and people should not be alarmed.
“However we are taking the assault seriously and urge anyone who saw anything suspicious around the time of the attack to call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
The attacker has been described as an Asian man in his mid 20’s and around 5’8 with an normal complexion.
He had short, dark hair and is of a medium build.