WWII veteran, 98, dies after callous robber attack

WWII veteran, 98, dies after ‘unforgivable’ robbers left him with bleeds on the brain and covered in bruises when they broke into his home of 60 years and beat him for his £20 TV

-Second World War veteran Peter Gouldstone, 98, dies fortnight after attack

-Family had released harrowing photo of the elderly victim lying unconscious

-Residents say the street has been plagued by burglars in recent years

A Second World War veteran has died after robbers left him covered in bruises and with bleeds on the brain, after breaking into his home and stealing a £20 TV.

Peter Gouldstone, 98, was injured during the violent robbery at his home in north London last month and died in the early hours of Friday morning, the Metropolitan Police has said.

He suffered severe injuries including two bleeds on the brain.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed the veteran died in hospital in the early hours of Friday morning.

Detective Inspector Paul Ridley said: “We are all shocked and saddened by the news of Peter’s death. It is the worst news for his family and for all those who cared for and knew him.

“I urge anyone who has information, no matter how small a detail, to search their conscience and contact police without delay.”

Crimestoppers last month offered a £10,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the “horrific attack”.

The victim’s son Simon Gouldstone told reporters his father had worked on phone lines in Italy during the Second World War before going on to a career at the Post Office and retiring in around 1980.

The former civil servant, 67, said he found his father in a “semi-conscious state” in his bedroom after the back door was broken in.

Simon, who was alerted by a neighbour, told reporters: “I don’t know how they can live with themselves. The sooner they’re locked up the better.

“As a member of the family I’m shocked, as a member of the human race I’m lost for words at man’s inhumanity to man I’m afraid.”

The violent raid took place in a 20-hour window between 2pm on November 5 and when he was discovered, but officers believe it was most likely under cover of darkness.

A black Panasonic 26in TV was stolen from the house along “with a number of other items”, police said.

Mr Gouldstone has lived in the terrace house for more than 60 years, and neighbours said he was rarely seen outside following the death of his wife of 65 years, Joan, several years ago.

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