A father-of-three who suffered serious injuries during an attack by burglars armed with a machete has spoken of the terrifying ordeal.
Dave Patterson was hospitalised for two weeks after confronting three men who forced their way into a house in Glossop while his young children and wife were inside.
The 31-year-old victim’s injuries, which required extensive surgery and physiotherapy, included severed thumb tendons and deep lacerations to both hands after grabbing the machete by the blade in an attempt to defend himself.
He also sustained a deep cut to his head and a fractured skull.
A reward of £5,000 is being offered through Crimestoppers for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the offenders.
Both the victim and his wife have also appeared in a video appealing for witnesses to come forward.
Detective Sergeant Ed Mellor, of Derbyshire police, said: “The incident and the attack must have been a terrifying experience for them as a young family, and they are still deeply affected by the memories of it.
“I wish to remind people that there were three small children in the house at the time of the burglary and to target a family home early in the evening, exercising extreme violence with weapons, when children are in a place they should feel safe and secure, is a cowardly act.”
The burglary took place on Scotty Brook Crescent on Thursday October 23, at around 7.30pm.
“From our enquiries, I believe the offenders are from Manchester and I appeal to the public and communities across the city to provide the names of the males responsible,” DS Mellor added.
“Someone may have confided in you, you may have noticed a change in someone’s behaviour or they may have mentioned a visit to Glossop on October 23.
“Whatever information you can provide, not matter how insignificant you think it may seem, may well prove vital to this investigation and help bring a little closure for them this Christmas.”
Anyone with information should call Derbyshire police on 101, quoting crime reference 44949/14, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. To qualify for the reward, information must be reported through Crimestoppers.
WARNING: The video contains images of the victim’s wounds after they were treated at hospital, which some viewers may find disturbing.