BREATHTAKING video captures the heartbreaking moment that thugs beat a grandfather with a chain on his own driveway as he frantically fought to defend his house.
Roy Muller, 76, claims he was “had to take the law into my own hands” since the police did nothing to stop the kids who have been harassing him for almost a year.
However, the nine-grandchild grandfather’s doorbell camera captures the moment he boldly grapples with armed, masked youths – and loses.
Video from last Thursday outside Mr. Muller’s Great Barr, Birmingham, home shows him being kicked, hit with a weapon, and repeatedly pummelling in the head.
As the yob approached, the senior attempted to tackle him. In the video, he is seen struggling with the youngster while being struck by what he thinks is a metal chain or dog lead.
He was attempting to hold one of the kids until the police arrived because, in his words, the kids are members of the gangs that have been terrorising his house since October.
A second thug approaches the house, but when Mr. Muller is repeatedly struck, the pair flee.
The elderly man returns to the house he has lived in for nearly 50 years after picking up his glasses, which were knocked off his head during the altercation.
Despite being attacked daily by up to 14 adolescents, Mr. Muller, a single man who had a heart attack last year, claims police have done nothing.
In a desperate attempt to get assistance, he writes to West Midlands Police Chief Constable Sir David Thompson and claims that he is now too afraid to leave his house.
He said: “At my age I shouldn’t be forced to take the law into my own hands – especially after having a heart attack – but I don’t know what else to do.
“The police just don’t seem interested. It has slowly escalated and I’m worried what is going to happen next.
“It began with them just banging on the doors, they shout abuse and trample my garden. They throw stones at my house. It’s all a laugh to them.
“On this occasion I saw them coming and thought I’d try and detain them for the police, but it was a silly idea because they were armed.
“They had a metal chain or a dog lead that they hit me with, luckily I wasn’t too badly hurt.
“I had a cut to my ear, some bruises and a few aches and pains, but nothing I can’t deal with.
“I just thought they can’t keep getting away with this and I wanted to defend my home.
“The police have been today (Monday) but say because they are wearing masks they have pretty much no chance of catching them.
“But somebody must recognise them. All the police ever do is come and record it and go away.
“They even said to me, be careful what I do in future because it could me that ends up getting into trouble. All I’m doing it trying to protect my home.
“The police say ignore them, but they need to sort them out because its giving them the message they can get away with his behaviour.
“I’m scared to go out now and I’m constantly checking my CCTV or looking out my window. The stress is not good for me.
“This used to be a nice area but the place is going downhill. There’s been up to 14 of them outside my home at one point. Sometimes they come on electric scooters.
“I don’t know why they have singled me out. I am just concerned that its building up to something worse.
“The longest time I’ve been without trouble for is a month, now it can be every day and I don’t know where to turn. It’s just getting worse and worse.
“It can be twice a day so I’ve written to the chief constable pleading for help. I don’t think I’m a person who is easily intimidated but its gotten out of hand.
“I’ve not had a reply which is quite disappointing but I just need the police to catch these guys.”
“These thugs know they have the law on their side if I tackle them as they have quoted this to me.
“I am a 76-year-old male who recently suffered a heart attack and this is affecting my quality of life and if I give chase it may cause a further heart attack, who knows.
“Please help me.”
A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: “We’re investigating after receiving reports of a man in his 70s being the victim of assault and harassment in Great Barr.
“We fully understand how distressing this is and are looking to safeguard the man while progressing enquiries to establish those responsible.
“Officers from the local neighbourhood policing team are aware of ongoing anti-social behaviour and are routinely monitoring the area as part of their patrols strategy.