Police are seeking two young men after a pensioner was hit over the head with a crowbar and threatened with a gun during a burglary in Windmill Drive, Burgess Hill.
A 70-year-old man answered his door on Monday evening and was confronted by two men, one of whom hit him over the head four times with a heavy crowbar while demanding money. The second man pointed a handgun at him but the pensioner grabbed a kitchen knife and the men ran away.
The pensioner, who was with his wife at the time, attended hospital to receive stitched for a large cut to his head.
The attackers are described as slim. One was 17 to 19 years, about 6ft with a dark, swarthy complexion and wearing dark clothing. The other was shorter and wearing lighter clothing.
Detective Sergeant Laura Diamond said: “This was a brutal attack and we are supporting the couple following their ordeal.
“The man opened the door just after 7pm that evening as he thought it was a member of the family visiting and bravely confronted his violent attackers.”
Call police on 101, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 quoting 1161 25/8.