Man, 84, in hospital after being punched

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AN 84-YEAR-OLD man was seriously injured after a thug punched him in broad daylight.

The pensioner was walking along Albert Road, in Southsea, Portsmouth, when two men went past and one of them punched him.

The victim fell to the floor and seriously hurt one of his hips.

He was taken to hospital and police say he will be there for quite some time. Officers are appealing for people who know more information about the incident, which happened between 3.45pm and 4pm on Saturday, to come forward.

The man who attacked the pensioner was of mixed race, stocky, in his 30s, 5ft 7ins tall and had dark, short hair. The second male was slim, white, in his 30s and 5ft 9ins tall.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Stephen Ryan said: ‘This was an isolated crime where an 84-year-old man was attacked for no apparent reason. He was punched and fell to the floor causing a hip injury.

‘He will remain in hospital for a considerable amount of time. We’re appealing for any witnesses to contact the police following this shocking attack.’

Anyone with information should call Fratton police station on 101.