LOCAL NEWS: Police appeal for witnesses of assault on elderly man in Bournemouth


Officers are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward as they investigate an assault on a man in a Bournemouth park.

The victim, who is in his 70s, was walking through Redhill Park at around 1pm on Sunday 3 November when he was approached by a group of teenagers and assaulted.

The man had challenged the group of around six or seven male teenagers after they rode past him on the footpath in the middle of the park at speed. The teenagers then dragged him to the ground and repeatedly kicked him in the head and lower back.

The victim sustained a cut and bruising to his head as well as internal bruising to his lower back.

The main offender in the group is described as white, of chubby build and around five feet ten inches tall with brown, cropped, medium-length hair. He was wearing a full navy blue tracksuit, possibly with Slazenger branding.

Police Constable Liam Pryer, of North Bournemouth police, said: “This was a cowardly attack on an elderly man and we are carrying out a detailed investigation to identify the offenders.

“I would urge anyone who witnessed the assault or who has any information that can assist our investigation to please contact us.

“The incident occurred around 100 metres from Redhill Avenue on the path leading from Hill View Road and I understand there were at least two other people in the area who may have seen what happened.”

Anyone with information can contact Dorset police here. 

Picture used as courtesy of Google Maps.


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