An elderly farmer has been badly beaten after an intruder attacked him with his own walking stick on his farm.
The 70-year-old victim heard a noise outside his Lapal Farm home in Illey Lane, Halesowen, and went to investigate.
After seeing a shadowy figure outside the door he confronted a man who told him he had stopped for a cigarette.
But when the farmer challenged him further, the intruder grabbed the farmer’s walking stick and repeatedly battered him around the head.
The victim, who has not been named, suffered a broken arm and a broken nose.
Medics also treated the farmer for deep cuts and severe blood loss. At one stage, they feared he might lose his sight in one eye.
Detective Sergeant Leighton Shingles, from the West Midlands Police Force CID team, is leading the hunt for the attacker.
“The farmer’s injuries are so severe, that at one point doctors feared he may lose an eye,” he said.
“Fortunately this is no longer the case, but he still requires surgery for a broken arm and he also has a broken nose.
“His attacker is described as a stocky white man in his early 40s. He was wearing a dark sleeveless bomber jacket over a check shirt and dark trousers. He also wore a hat and claimed to come from Bartley Green.”
Forensic experts have examined the scene and detectives are trawling the area for CCTV that may have captured the man responsible.
Det Sgt Shingles added: “We are appealing to anyone who may have seen this man acting suspiciously in the area to contact us as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information on the attack is urged to contacted Det Sgt Shingles on 101. Alternatively information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.