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Violent burglars who seriously injured 98-year-old war veteran remain at large

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Detectives investigating the death of a 98-year-old war veteran who was seriously injured in a violent burglary in 2018 have renewed appeals to help find his attackers.

Peter Gouldstone suffered severe injuries including two bleeds to the brain and extensive bruising to his body during a break-in at his home in Enfield, north London in November 2018, and died three weeks later.

Investigators appeared on BBC Crimewatch Live on Wednesday as they renewed appeals to the public to help find his attackers.

Detective Inspector John Marriott said: “It is now nearly three years since this tragic incident which saw Peter taken from his family in such horrendous circumstances.

“Despite the passage of time, their hurt has not lessened; and neither has our determination to find those responsible for his death. I am appealing to the public today to help us find these individuals and ensure that they face justice.”

Mr Gouldstone was found at his home in Evesham Road, Enfield at 10am on November 6 2018 with a head injury, and was taken to hospital where he remained until he died later that month.

A post-mortem examination gave cause of death as complication of a traumatic head injury.

The Metropolitan Police said that there was evidence of a disturbance at his house, and that a number of his possessions were taken including a 26-inch Panasonic television, model TX – L26X10B, which has never been recovered.

Detectives previously released CCTV footage of two men trying to break in to a house nearby, and are still trying to identify them.

CCTV stills of two of the suspects
CCTV stills of two of the suspects. (Metropolitan Police/PA)

Mr Marriott said: “We have CCTV footage showing two men who we are still keen to identify, as we believe they may have information which could assist our investigation. I urge anyone who has information, no matter how small a detail, to search their conscience and contact police without delay.

“I appreciate the incident will not be fresh in people’s minds, but would particularly like to hear from people who may recall being offered the Panasonic television that was stolen, or who saw either people or vehicles in the vicinity of Evesham Road, Enfield that may have appeared out of place.”

Charity Crimestoppers is offering a reward of £10,000 for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the attack.

Anyone with information can phone police on 0208 345 3715 or 101, or to remain anonymous and to qualify for the £10,000 reward contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online.

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