Police in Manchester are appealing for witnesses after a pensioner was severely beaten and mugged for just 10p in Radcliffe.
The 69-year-old man was attacked by three young men riding bikes, believed to be BMXs, as walked home after buying a morning newspaper on 29 October.
One of the men demanded money and his mobile phone while another started rooting through his pockets.
When the 69-year-old was only able to produce a 10p coin he punched in the face and the victim fell to the ground.
The man, who does not wished to be named, remains in hospital in a serious condition following the attack.
Police are now appealing to anyone with information who may have witnessed the event at around 10:30am at Milltown Street, Radcliffe to come forward.
Det Con Danny Whitaker said: "This man is very poorly in hospital.
"That is why his family have agreed to release pictures of the very severe bruising he sustained to his arms, and also his face, which shows the sheer ferocity with which this man was attacked.
"This man was simply minding his own business. He was on his way back home to read his newspaper with just 10p in his pocket and was needlessly set upon by his attackers.
"It is a totally senseless crime and I would therefore urge anyone who has any information to search their conscience and if they do know something, they should call us."
Anyone with information has been asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.