THIS is the terrifying moment a man was viciously attacked by baseball bat wielding thugs as he tried to protect his cars from being smashed up.
Victim Jeremy Booth says his family now fear for their lives after he was hit over the head with the aluminium weapon by one of three men he had confronted outside his Wesham home.
The 52-year-old, who lives on Greenfields Crescent with his wife and two step-daughters, said: “I saw them coming and went out in my dressing gown and slippers. The adrenaline kicked in and I went out to try to stop them. One of them started to smash one of the cars. I tried to dive on him but I got floored with one whack of a baseball bat.
“I’ve had stitches on the side of my head where there was a 3in gash and stitches on my left foot from landing on glass. If he’d hit me any lower, I would be in a box.
“My family are scared stiff.”
Mr Booth said the attack, which took place around 11.45pm on Wednesday, January 12, is one of four frightening incidents which the family have suffered over the last two years.
He added: “The soft top of my wife’s car was slashed in December 2009 and in March 2010 paint stripper was put over three cars. They came back and did it again in the summer.
“Now with me being assaulted, it’s made it worse. It was a very vicious assault. We are shocked by it all. I’ve no enemies, I don’t know why it’s happening.”
In this latest attack, the thugs smashed the side window and windscreen of a Vauxhall Corsa and were about to start damaging Mr Booth’s Renault Espace when he saw them on a CCTV camera.
He ran outside and shouted at the men who then turned on him, striking him across his head so hard he ended up falling to the ground. They then ran off.
Mr Booth ran inside his home, bleeding profusely from his head, and called the police. He was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.
Det Con Philip Gill, of Blackpool CID, said: “This was a violent and unprovoked attack which has taken place in a quiet family community area. The victim and his family are shocked and scared.
“This appears to be a targeted attack and not a random act of damage and violence. It’s premeditated. They’ve taken a weapon and they haven’t been afraid of using it when confronted.
“I’d urge people to have a look at the images and if they have any information they think could help our investigation to come forward and contact police.”
The offenders wore hoodies, tracksuits and scarves around their faces. The man holding the baseball bat was described as white, around 5ft 10in, of medium to stocky build with dark eyebrows.
Anyone with any information can contact police on (01253) 604620 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.