Police at Eastleigh are appealing to a dog walker who interrupted an assault and an attempted robbery in Hamble on Tuesday, August 6.
At about 11.30pm, a 61-year-old local man was walking his two small dogs along a pathway between Spitfire Way and Hamble House Gardens. About half way along the path, three youths suddenly appeared and demanded to know what property the man carried.
One of the youths punched the man between the shoulder blades, knocking him to the ground. A second youth kicked the man’s left shoulder. The victim regained his feet and punched one of the three youths.
At that moment, a second man with a large dog approached the group and shouted “What’s going on?” The three youths ran away in different directions.
The victim managed to return to his home, where he collapsed on the doorstep. Fortunately, his injuries were not serious and included bruises and grazes to his face and knees.
All three youths were white. The first, who struck the man between the shoulder blades, has long, wavy dark hair which is short at the sides and long at the back. He is 5ft 10ins tall and of athletic build. He wore a white tee shirt and dark trousers.
The youth who kicked the man had short blond hair. He is 5ft 5ins tall and of stocky build. There is no description of the third youth.
Police Staff Investigator Elaine Waller is appealing for the man with the large dog to contact police. PSI Waller said.
“The second dog walker could have vital information about the victim’s attackers. We need to hear from him as soon as possible. We also need to hear from anyone who recognises the descriptions of two of the suspects,”
Anyone with information is asked to contact PSI Waller or CID at Eastleigh on 101 or the anonymous Crimestoppers charity line on 0800 555 111.