Police at Eastleigh are appealing for help to identify youths who burst into a flat at Chadwick Way, Hamble, assaulted the tenant and stole wrapped Christmas presents and £55 cash.
At about 11.25pm Monday, November 18, five youths in their late teens to early twenties kicked in the front door. Armed with a crowbar and a knife, they punched the 60-year-old man in the face and demanded property.
They held him on the floor while they searched the flat and his pockets. Other residents heard the incident, saw the youths leave and rang the police.
The group included black and white youths, all wearing hooded tops and face scarves.
It is believed the offenders may have had a car parked in a nearby street.
PC Louise Hawkins is appealing for information from anyone who saw the group, and says;
“The victim is very shocked and is recovering with his family. He has no idea why his home was attacked. I would appeal to anyone who saw an unfamiliar group or vehicle in the Chadwick Way area of Hamble on Monday night to contact me at Eastleigh CID.”
Anyone with information is asked to ring PC Hawkins on 101.