A MANHUNT has been launched after a frail pensioner was battered and his home ransacked.
Appalled police say that the stricken 89-year-old, who is now being treated in hospital, may have lain undiscovered for more than a day at his house in School Lane, Up Holland.
Officers were called to the address on Tuesday morning to find the unnamed victim collapsed and his house in a state of disarray.
The pensioner was taken to Wigan Infirmary where his condition is described as stable.
Forensic examiners spent many hours at the scene looking for clues.
Det Sgt Phil Bowerbank from Skelmersdale CID said: “This is a despicable attack on an innocent, defenceless and vulnerable man. The level of violence used was beyond comprehension and I am disgusted and appalled that someone could do this.
“I would appeal to anyone who has been in the School Lane area over the past 24 hours to think back and see if they can remember seeing anything suspicious or out of place.
“Even the smallest pieces of information could prove vital and I would urge people to get in touch.
“The victim is being treated at hospital for his injuries and has his family supporting him along with police officers.
“Thankfully, incidents of this nature are extremely rare and something that I have not seen before in my years as a police officer.
“I would urge anyone with information to please get in touch. The people that have done this need to be caught and dealt with. It really is an appalling crime.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Skelmersdale CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.