A granddad was wrenched from his bed while sleeping by two masked men who beat him up over an Audi car which did not even belong to him.

Joseph 'Joe' Sharpe, 77, suffered a dozen injuries when he was punched and kicked in his home.

The thugs who burst into his home wanted the keys to a vehicle parked on the grandfather-of-four's driveway. But the Audi S4 belonged to his friend who had taken the keys with him on a visit to London, Birmingham Live reported.

Mr Sharpe, who has lived at the home for four decades, was asked by one masked man: "Where are the Audi keys, bro?" He was left in "agony" by the beating to his body when the raiders did not believe his version of events.

The 77-year-old remains in hospital with serious injuries (Image: West Midlands Police)

The father-of-two suffered fractures of his spine, pelvis, both hips and ribs, as well as a bleed on the brain, the damage of the kicking to his face and a dislocated arm in the attack at Moor Green Lane, Moseley, Birmingham.

"The worrying part about this is that they've attacked someone that is vulnerable," his son Tony Sharpe, 56, told BirminghamLive.

"To use that amount of force on someone of that age is just beyond belief.

"He's got 12 injuries. Two fractures of his spine, fracture of pelvis and both hips, four fractured ribs, a bleed on the brain, the damage of the kicking to his face and the arm injury.

"Dad has been in absolute agony. They need to be caught because they could have killed someone. They could have killed dad really.

"They were trying to steal a car which wasn't his. It's just a really unfortunate set of circumstances. It was a friend's car and he had gone to London and parked on his drive.

"Dad didn't have the keys. There's just no way you'd expect this to happen from just parking a car on a drive."

Moor Green Lane, Birmingham (Image: Google Street View)

The victim, who had also been nursing his partner who had Alzheimer's until her death last year, is in hospital for surgery to put his arm back in its socket.

The intruders left empty-handed, although "certain things" were discovered at the property belonging to the raiders that may push West Midlands Police's investigation further forward. These details have not published for operational reasons.

Recounting the horrific incident, his son Tony, from Salford Priors, near Evesham, said it will take his father a long time to get over the physical and mental pain of the attack.

"They were looking for the keys. It was only at the point they couldn't find any keys they went upstairs and dragged him out of bed," he said.

"When they did that they must have dislocated his arm in dragging him out and then they demanded the keys.

"He remembers one of the guys saying to him - 'Where are the Audi keys, bro?'

"He said it was wasn't his car and he hadn't got the keys, but they didn't believe him so they set about him.

"He doesn't know if they punched or kicked him. But it's logical if he was laying on the floor in the bedroom they would have kicked him.

"It will take a long time for dad to get over this. It's the physical pain and then it's how he feels about that house and how safe he feels. Without the car being on the drive this would never have happened.

"I don't think anyone, including the perpetrators, would have known it wasn't his car. Clearly they've focused on the car and did anything to get that car."

The raiders are believed to have been wearing gloves and possibly masks. Forensics have been at the scene and the police investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information can contact the force via Live Chat on the website or by calling 101. Alternatively quote crime reference number 20/1757136/21.

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