Knife-wielding youths attack man on mobility scooter

Police are investigating an attack on a man riding a mobility scooter
Police are investigating an attack on a man riding a mobility scooter
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YOUNG thugs have tried to rob a man riding a mobility scooter.

The gang struck in Waterlooville, with one of the attackers brandishing a knife at the 61-year-old victim.

But the disabled man punched the youth in the face before riding away to make his escape.

Police today revealed details of the incident, which happened just before 4pm on Wednesday, November 21 at the junction of Mill Road and Novello Gardens.

They said the victim was riding his mobility scooter along Mill Road towards the shopswhen he was ambushed

Three youths stopped him as he crossed Novello Gardens and demanded his money.

Police said that one of the youths produced a knife but the victim punched him in the face and made off on his mobility scooter.

The youth is described as white, 14 to 15-years-old, of pale complexion and slight build. He is said to have short brown hair which was brushed forward, black square metal rimmed glasses and was wearing a dark blue tracksuit with white piping down the legs and arms.

The youth may also have suffered a facial injury due to being hit by the victim.

Detective Constable Kathryn Smithers from Waterlooville police station said: ‘This incident took place just before 4pm close to a busy shop and there would have been members of the public in the area at the time.

‘I would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or who is able to provide any information.

‘Likewise, I would want to hear from anyone who can identify a possible suspect from the description, particularly due to the possibility of a recent facial injury.’

Police said anyone with any information is asked to contact Det Con Smithers at Waterlooville Police Station on 101 or call the charity Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.