Man knocked to ground in vicious assault

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Police at Eastleigh are appealing for witnesses after a 58-year-old Chandlers Ford man was attacked and suffered serious eye and facial injuries.

Between 10 and 10.30pm Wednesday, February 20, the man was walking home from Eastleigh train station.  As he walked along Leigh Road, near the Co-op and Pirelli premises, a car pulled up at the roadside.

A young man got out, shouted abuse at the victim and repeatedly assaulted him, knocking him to the ground.  The assailant then returned to the car, which was driven away.

The attacker is believed to be a white man in his early twenties.  He is about 5ft 8 -10ins tall and of medium build, with short, light-coloured hair.  The vehicle is grey and may be similar to a Ford Fiesta or Escort.

The victim continued to walk home, where an ambulance was called.  He was taken to Southampton General Hospital, where he remains.

Eastleigh detectives want to hear from anyone who witnessed the attack or who saw the grey car pulled up in Leigh Road.  Police also want to hear from people who are believed to have helped the victim.

Detective Constable Clare Reynolds said the attack was completely unprovoked.

“The victim did not know or recognise his attacker.  Fortunately, this is a rare occurrence in the area, but we must consider what could be very serious after-effects for the victim”

Anyone with information about the assault is asked to contact DC Reynolds at Eastleigh CID on 101 or the anonymous Crimestoppers charity line on 0800 555 111.

  1 comment for “Man knocked to ground in vicious assault

  1. Judith Grajewski
    February 21, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    There must have been quite busy at that time. We had just left The Point (CPYT production of CATS was fantastic!) along with a full house audience. I recall that last year I was at The Point and read the next day that a young woman had been assaulted on The Rec, again about the same time as the audience was dispersing. I’m NOT suggesting that these incidents are in any way related to audience members, however it is shocking that they can take place when there are obviously so many people around. The perpetrators clearly don’t worry that they might be seen. I hope the gentleman makes a full recovery.

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