Wimbledon burglary victim's injuries 'life-changing'

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Media captionThe 55-year-old victim was attacked at his home in Wimbledon

A 55-year-old man has been left with life-changing injuries after being attacked during a burglary at his home.

Officers were called to an address in Kings Road, Wimbledon, in south-west London, on Monday at about 22:00 BST.

Police said they believe the victim opened the door to three masked men, one of whom violently assaulted him leaving him "traumatised".

A man has been charged in connection with the burglary and police have begun an investigation.

Eye surgery

Det Insp Dan O'Sullivan, from the Merton burglary squad, said: "The level of violence used was extreme and has left a victim seriously injured and traumatised.

"I must stress that this appears to be an isolated incident, and such cases are thankfully rare."

The injured man is being treated at a south London hospital and is due to undergo surgery to his eye. He also suffered multiple facial injuries and bruising to his body and limbs.

A 50-year-old woman was also threatened by two of the men who tried to tape her to a chair.

Officers were called by two residents who were upstairs at the time of the attack.

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Image caption Officers are trying to trace a man who ran towards Wimbledon town centre

Police have appealed for witnesses, in particular anyone who saw a silver Volkswagen two-door, cabriolet-style car which they believe was used by the burglars..

Some of the stolen items were recovered by police after they were discarded by the suspects.

Mariusz Tomaszewski, 32, from Pitcairn Road, Tooting, has been charged with aggravated burglary and grievous bodily harm and is due to appear at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court on Thursday.

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