Margate pensioner Ken Seymour 'may have known attacker'

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Media captionDet Insp Richard Vickery said it is likely the man on the bus was the last person who saw Mr Seymour

A pensioner who suffered a fractured skull and back in a beating at his home may have known his attacker, police have said.

Ken Seymour was attacked in Rutland Avenue, Margate on 14 December.

The 76-year-old remains in King's College Hospital, London, where police have been unable to speak to him because of the extent of his injuries.

Kent Police want to speak to a man seen on CCTV speaking to Mr Seymour on a bus from Cecil Square to Cliftonville.

No motive has been found for the attack, which took place between between 15:30 and 21:00 GMT. Mr Seymour was discovered after a neighbour heard his cries for help.

'Invited in'

Det Insp Richard Vickery said that "entry was not forced to his home, so I have to assume that whoever is responsible for this attack either knew Mr Seymour or was invited in".

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Image caption Mr Seymour remains in hospital with fractures to his skull and back

Before the attack, which police are treating as attempted murder, Mr Seymour had visited the Odd Fellows Club and the Ruby Lounge in Margate before catching a bus from Cecil Square to Northdown Road, Cliftonville.

Mr Vickery said the man captured on CCTV talking to the 76-year-old got off at the same stop and was seen heading in the direction of Rutland Avenue with Mr Seymour.

"This young man may well be the last person to have seen him before this violent attack," he said.

"We're very keen to speak to him and would urge him or anyone who knows him to contact us immediately."

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