Attack victim’s mum defends police force

Nina Toseland and, inset, her son Andrew

Nina Toseland and, inset, her son Andrew

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THE mother of a man left in a coma following a gang attack believes it would have been difficult for the police to prevent it.

Andrew Toseland, 49, is in a coma at a neurological unit in Southampton General Hospital after being attacked by a group of youths outside his flat in Garland Court, in Forton Road, Gosport, in August.

26/8/2012 (CB)  Andrew Toseland (49) from Garland Court, Forton Road, Gosport, was attacked in the early hours of Saturday 25th August 2012 by three men which has left him in a coma at Southampton General Hospital.  Pictured is: Copy picture of Andrew Toseland who was attacked in the early hours of Saturday morning.  Picture: Sarah Standing (122838-9654)

26/8/2012 (CB) Andrew Toseland (49) from Garland Court, Forton Road, Gosport, was attacked in the early hours of Saturday 25th August 2012 by three men which has left him in a coma at Southampton General Hospital. Pictured is: Copy picture of Andrew Toseland who was attacked in the early hours of Saturday morning. Picture: Sarah Standing (122838-9654)

His mother Nina Toseland, 78, told The News there was ‘a lot of trouble’ in the block before the incident but believes it would have been hard for police to stop it.

It comes after the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) launched an investigation into how police dealt with reports of anti-social behaviour at the flats in the lead up to the incident.

She said: ‘I think the police have their hands tied in lots of ways. They did what they could but I cannot say that it could have been prevented.

‘It’s very unfortunate. Anything that prevents this in the future is a good thing.

‘Anti-social behaviour was very bad in the build up.

‘We had a notice put through our door asking if we had any complaints and I said we had heard loud noise. ‘A lot of people wouldn’t say anything because they felt intimidated but since this has happened more people have come forward.’

Mr Toseland turns 50 on Wednesday but his mother says doctors believe there’s not much they can do for him.

She added: ‘He opens his eyes but doesn’t see anyone.

‘The doctors say they have done all they can and don’t think there’s going to be any more improvement.’

‘It’s down to us to decide what happens.

‘It’s upsetting when I see him but I stay positive. We always hope things are going to improve but we don’t know.

‘It’s his 50th birthday next week and we will probably go over and take a cake, just sit by his bed and wish him a happy birthday.’

Fareham and Gosport District Commander Chief Inspector Jason Kenny said this week more action as needed to prevent and reduce anti-social behaviour in the area, particularly at Garland Court. He stressed the decision to refer the matter to the IPCC was ‘voluntary’.

over concerns of the potential ‘significant impact’ on public confidence in local policing.

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