A CCTV image of two suspects wanted in connection with the brutal mugging of an 81-year-old has been released.

John McGhee, known to many in Swindon as the accordionist Johnny Mac, was the victim of a savage and unprovoked attack on Easter Monday.

The 81-year-old and ex-RAF serviceman was set upon shortly after leaving the Wheatsheaf Ale House in Old Town at 11.20pm while walking along Croft Road.

The muggers attacked him from behind, beating his face, and taking his wallet, bank cards, and his bus pass.

He was left covered in blood and suffered two fractures in his face, a fracture in his neck, black eyes and several stitches, and needed to stay overnight in hospital.

Police have now released a CCTV image of two men they would like to speak with in connection to the attack.

Det Con Mark Harris, of Swindon CID, said: “This was a nasty and unprovoked incident which has left an elderly man with head and neck injuries.

“We have been carrying out a thorough investigation into this incident to try and identify those involved. As the victim was attacked from behind, he has been unable to give a description of those involved, but we have released this CCTV image of two people of interest, who we are keen to identify and speak to.

“The two men are seen walking past the Wheatsheaf pub, before turning into the top of Croft Road just prior to the victim.”

“If you think this may be you, or you know who it may be, we are keen to hear from you.”

Anyone who can help identify the two men can call 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

An online fundraiser has so far raised more than £700 to help pay for new security to John's home which is on the same road as the attack.

Mara Soto who set up the page said: "We are raising funds to help Mr John McGhee get his glasses back, harmonica, the cash lost at the time of the attack, cover the cost of security cameras at home due the keys been found but we do not know if they have been duplicated. "Let us together make Mr John McGhee believe that we are lots of good people out there."

To donate to the page to here.