A REWARD of £3,000 has been offered for information about a violent robbery in Nelson which happened in September.

The incident happened at around 9.30pm on Thursday 12th September on Shingrig Road in Nelson. Local man David Rees, 63, was attacked from behind and suffered serious head and facial which needed treatment in an intensive care hospital ward. Mr Rees continues to make a slow recovery, but the attack has left him with life-changing injuries.

Cash was stolen from Mr Rees along with his mobile phone and documentation relating to his business. These items were in an Asda carrier bag. Since the attack Crimestoppers have offered a reward of up to £3,000 for information relating to the attack and Mr Rees has now also matched this figure by also offering £3000 for information which leads to the responsible being brought to justice.

An EVOFIT of the attacker has been created and detectives are appealing for anyone who may have information about the robbery, or may recognise the face, to contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through the Crimestoppers anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Detective Sergeant Mike Richards who is leading the investigation commented: "This was a particularly cowardly and violent attack which has left a popular hard working family man with serious injuries. The attack has taken its toll not only on the victim but also on his family. Mr Rees is devoted to his grandson and liked nothing better than spending time with him and taking him swimming or playing in the park. Sadly since the attack he has been unable to do this which has caused him and his young grandson additional distress.

"The attack has also affected Mr Rees' ability to work and has affected his catering business which over the years he built up from scratch. "Whilst Mr Rees is determined for the person responsible for attacking him to be brought to justice, he is also anxious that attacker is identified so no one else has to go through what he and his family have had to endure.

"I'm appealing to anyone who may have any information, no matter how unimportant it may seem, or may recognise the image of the man to do the right thing and contact Crimestoppers and help us find the perpetrator of this crime."