Police are searching for witnesses to a violent assault in the car park of the Co-Op in Wimborne Road, Bournemouth, on Wednesday 26 February 2020.
The victim – a 70 year-old male – drove into the car park of the Co-Op on Wimborne Road, Bournemouth, manoeuvring around a stationary pick-up truck he believed was waiting to park. As he passed the truck, the driver left the vehicle and became verbally abusive. When the victim left his car, the offender punched him in the face, causing him to fall and hit the back of his head on the ground.
Although he initially felt fine, aside from a headache and arm pain, he was admitted to hospital on 17 April with a bleed on the brain, which doctors believe was caused by the head impact during the altercation. His condition was described as life-threatening, but the surgery was a success and he is now recovering well.
The victim’s wife reported the incident to the police on Monday 20 April 2020. The offender is described as around five feet eight inches tall, aged somewhere in his 20s or 30s, with ginger hair. He was wearing a vest and camouflage trousers on the day of the assault and drove a silver pick-up truck with a cover over the back.
Detective Constable Jordan Curtis of Bournemouth CID, said: “I am aware that this assault happened some time ago and we are continuing to make enquiries and assess CCTV footage.
“The unprovoked assault is believed to have led to a very serious medical incident for the victim and I would urge anyone who may have witnessed it to get in touch.”
If you have any information related to this incident, please contact Dorset Police by email, by visiting their website, or calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55200055796. You can provide information anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or through their website.