A MAN was badly beaten by four people who went into his flat in Redditch.

It happened in High Tree Close at about 7.30pm on Wednesday, March 19.

The 30-year-old victim sustained numerous bruises and cuts to his arm, head, back and ribs which required hospital treatment.

The victim had left home to pop to a local shop but realising he had left his wallet behind he returned to get it, leaving the door open.

Four men entered, threw him to the floor, demanded to know where his phone, money and drugs were. They searched him while repeatedly beating him with a chin up bar.

The first man was of mixed race or Asian, aged about 25, 5ft 6ins to 5ft 8ins tall, of medium build, with a black scarf covering part of his face, wearing a black Adidas or Nike hoody, black Adidas tracksuit trousers with three light coloured stripes down side of each leg, and black Nike trainers. He had a Redditch accent.

The second man was mixed race, aged about 28 to 30, 5ft 8ins to 5ft 9ins tall, of stocky build, wearing grey baseball cap, white hooded top with the hood pulled over his head and a black scarf over his face, black leather gloves, black trousers, and white trainers.

The third was white, over 6ft tall, of broad build, around 25 to 30 years old, wearing loose fitting grey jogging bottoms and blue trainers, a distinctive electric blue or light blue hoody with the hood pulled over his head, and a black scarf covering part of his face. He had a mixture of a Redditch and Birmingham accent.

The fourth man was of plump build, wearing dark green or blue trousers, an orange and green hooded top with the hood up and a scarf covering the rest of his face. He had a deep voice with an accent that was a mixture of Redditch and Birmingham.

Detective Constable Jordan Baker of West Mercia Police said: “This was a sustained and ferocious attack.

“We are looking into the motive, but at this stage believe it may be drugs related and a case of mistaken identity.

“We would like to hear from anyone with information, including anyone who recognises the descriptions or who saw anything suspicious in the area of High Tree Close on Wednesday evening.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Baker on the non-emergency number 101 quoting incident 244-s-200314 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. Alternatively Crimestoppers can be contacted via their website at www.crimestoppers-uk.org