A £10,000 reward has been put up by a charity to catch the cowardly culprits responsible for a horrific attack against a vulnerable pensioner.

Crimestoppers announced the five-figure reward after 98-year-old Peter Gouldstone was beaten and left for dead following a violent robbery at his home in Evesham Road on Tuesday morning.

Police were called just after 10am the same day by the London Ambulance Service.

Mr Gouldstone was discovered with a serious head injury and extensive bruising. He remains in hospital in a life-threatening condition.

The attackers made off with the pensioners possessions, including a 26-inch Panasonic television, model TX - L26X10B.

It is hoped the £10,000 appeal will lead to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

Detective Inspector Paul Ridley from North Area CID said: "Mr Gouldstone remains in a life-threatening and critical condition.

“He was left for dead in his own home, a place where he should feel safest. There is no way of knowing when he would have been discovered. Had it not been for a member of the public raising the alarm, I believe that Mr Gouldstone would have succumbed to his injuries.

“My investigation team has been working relentlessly to trace the individuals behind this horrific attack.

“To provide an even greater incentive for the public, if one is needed, I have approached Crimestoppers for an enhanced reward of £10,000 for anyone providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for this despicable offence.

“I urge anyone who can provide information, no matter how small a detail, to contact police without delay.

“I particularly want to hear from people that may have been offered the Panasonic television that was stolen, or who saw people or vehicles in the vicinity of Evesham Road in Enfield, that may have appeared out of place.”

Anyone with information concerning this incident should call contact Enfield CID by dialling 101 and quoting 2140/6NOV.

Alternatively, to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111 or use their non-traceable anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org