Mystery hammer thug batters man

Dean Chambers who was attacked at Totley
Dean Chambers who was attacked at Totley

A SHEFFIELD man knocked unconscious in a vicious hammer attack outside his home said he is baffled by the violence meted out to him.

Dean Chambers, aged 44, was struck over the head after opening his door to a man who told him his car window had been smashed.

Mr Chambers said the man called at his home in Green Oak Road, Totley, at around 4.30pm on Saturday. As he walked up his path to check the car, he was hit over the head from behind.

He said the blow knocked him to the ground and the attacker continued to strike him - breaking his eye socket and a tooth and leaving him with a number of deep gashes which needed gluing.

Mr Chambers was taken to hospital by ambulance. Police are investigating .

He told The Star: “It’s a good job I’ve got a hard head.”

His attacker was wearing a black hat and scarf.

“Someone knocked on my door and said my car window had been smashed, so I started to walk up the path and was hit from behind with a hammer. He hit me seven times and knocked me out for a time but I could still feel the blows. When I came round I just reached up and grabbed the first thing I could, which was the hammer.

“I managed to get onto my feet and was pouring with blood and the person who did this ran off. Doctors said I was very lucky not to have been more seriously hurt.”

Mr Chambers said he was not robbed and it was ‘an unprovoked attack’.

“As we were walking up the path he said ‘is your name Dean?’ and I said yes and he hit me from behind.

“I want him caught and an explanation for what he did.”

A police spokeswoman said: “Police are appealing for witnesses to an incident outside an address in Totley.

“At around 4.50pm on Saturday January 7, an unknown man knocked on the door at an address on Green Oak Road and beckoned the occupier out of the house saying there was some possible damage to a car.

“The caller then assaulted the 44-year-old man with a small hammer, causing a wound, swelling and bruising to his head.

Police believe this may have been a targeted attack but the motive is unknown.

Anyone who may have witnessed the attack is urged to call Police on 101 quoting incident number 785 of January 7, 2012 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.