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Police were called to an address in Brookside in Boosbeck at around 8.50pm on Saturday 25th October where neighbours had found a 66-year-old man inside with serious head injuries.

He was taken to James Cook University Hospital where his condition remains critical. The man had not been seen since around teatime on Friday 24th October and police are appealing for anyone who saw anything or anyone suspicious in the Brookside area between Friday teatime and Saturday evening to get in touch.  

Detective Inspector Matt Murphy-King said: “This elderly and vulnerable man has suffered a vicious and sustained attack resulting in life threatening injuries. We believe the incident was a targeted attack and would like to reassure the community that such incidents are very rare. 

“In response to what has happened we have increased high visibility patrols in the area and we would like to urge any members of the local community who may have information which could assist our investigation to speak to those officers or to contact us on 101. 

“I have a dedicated team of detectives, crime scene investigators and other police resources who are working tirelessly and are determined to bring those responsible to justice.” 

Two local men aged 37 and 40 have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and have been bailed pending further enquiries.

Anyone with information is asked to contact DI Matt Murphy-King on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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