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Wimbledon Burglary Victim Left With 'Life-Changing' Injuries After Masked Men Invade His Home

13/08/2014 11:37 BST | Updated 14/08/2014 09:47 BST

UPDATE: SOAS Law Lecturer Paul Kohler Left Unrecognisable After Being Attacked By Masked Raiders In His £2m Home

Warning: Graphic Photo

This shocking image shows the horrific "life-changing" injuries inflicted on a burglary victim who was brutally beaten at his Wimbledon home.

The 55-year-old man was subjected to "extreme" violence after three masked men entered his south west London home at just before 10pm on Monday evening.

A 50-year-old woman was also threatened by two of the three suspects, who attempted to tape her down to a chair before two residents who had been upstairs at the time were able to call 999 for help.

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The injured man is currently in a South London hospital receiving treatment

Police said officers were on the scene within minutes and managed to arrest two men but are still trying to trace a third suspect, believed to be in his late twenties, who made off on foot in the direction of Wimbledon town centre.

Officers have now issued an appeal saying they are keen to speak to anyone who saw a silver Volkswagen two-door cabriolet-style car which is believed to have been used by the suspects.

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Metropolitan Police handout CCTV still of someone running away from the scene

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Police are still searching for a third suspect

The injured man is in a south London hospital receiving treatment for multiple facial injuries and bruising to his body and limbs. He is undergoing surgery to the eye and police said his condition is described as life-changing.

It is understood that a number of personal items were stolen from the address, some of which have been recovered, as they were discarded by the suspects. Both men arrested are in custody pending further investigation.

Detective Inspector Dan O'Sullivan, of Merton burglary squad, said: "I'm appealing to anyone who was in the area between 9pm and 11pm and may have heard or seen the events that night. We are also seeking information regarding a silver car the suspects may have used.

"The level of violence used was extreme and has left a victim seriously injured and traumatised.

"I must stress that this appears to be an isolated incident, and such cases are thankfully rare. However, this serious attack is now subject of a meticulous inquiry whilst we work to support individuals affected by the events and the local community.

"Officers are currently conducting high-visibility patrols and speaking to residents to answer their concerns."

Police said there is no description of the third suspect.

Anyone with information is urged to call the incident room on 020 8649 3159 or to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.