10:10am Thursday 26th September 2013
A WIFE is appealing to the public after her husband was brutally attacked metres from their Nelson home.
David Rees had just parked his van in a parking area opposite the entrance to the allotments in Shingrig Road, Nelson.
He opened the van door and someone hit him on the head from behind.
Mr Rees’ wife, Janet, said: “He managed to crawl to our house. I just heard a bang on the front door and when I opened it he just fell straight through.
“We had to hold towels to his head to stop the bleeding.”
The 63-year-old suffered serious head injuries, including a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain.
Mr Rees has not been able to identify who attacked him as he can not recall anything from the moment of the attack.
After spending time in the neural unit at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, Mr Rees is now recovering at home.
Mrs Rees said: “He’s improving day by day. But it’ll be at least eight weeks until he’s better.”
Mr Rees was robbed of a large amount of money. He is unsure whether this was taken from his person, or the van.
Gwent Police were called at 9.47pm on Thursday, September 12, to a robbery in Shingrig Road.
The team of detectives investigating the robbery is particularly interested in speaking to the driver of a black vehicle, possibly a Vauxhall Tigra, which was seen around the Albion Industrial Estate, Cilfynydd, Pontypridd, at around 4.30pm.
Mr Rees’ van is marked with the Catering Connect logo on both the front and sides.
Mrs Rees said: “If anyone has any information, I would just say please get in touch. ”
She added: “I would like to thank all the family, friends, customers and Gwent Police, who given us so much support.”
Officers are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the robbery or has any informationto ring 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 quoting log 529.
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