Masked robbers carried out a “frenzied” attack on a man outside a post office breaking two of his arms.
Detective today were investigating reports that two raiders used an axe or crowbar during their assault at 9.45am yesterday in Thwaite Gate, Hunslet, Leeds.
The 45-year-old victim was about to deposit a “substantial” amount of money, said police.
A witness, who did not want to be named, told the YEP: “I heard a man screaming and he was curled up in a ball on the floor. They were stomping on his head and kicking him. It was frenzied.
“It was only when I started screaming and more people got there that they got in their car.
“I think they would have killed him.
“It is wrong to see that kind of thing happen on your doorstep.”
The victim was taken to Leeds General Infirmary and was still undergoing treatment today.
Simon Bashir, owner of Land and Sea Fisheries, said: “The post office has been robbed a couple of times before and I’ve been burgled twice in the past month. I’ve been here six years and it is getting worse.”
A stolen black Audi A4 estate was used as a getaway car and found abandoned in Westbury Place.
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “The victim was assaulted by two men armed with weapons that were described by witnesses as being similar to an axe, crowbar or golf club. The men stole a substantial amount of cash and were driven off in a waiting black Audi estate.
“Three hooded men had been seen in the Audi parked in nearby Sussex Green shortly before the incident. The Audi A4 S-Line TDI estate had been stolen in Leeds in September 2011. It had false plates but its real registration is HG56 JVZ.”
Anyone with information should call CID at Holbeck police station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.