A DISTRAUGHT father has spoken of his shock after he was attacked by a boy on his mobility scooter.
Mick Rundle was riding to his home in Wecock Farm, Waterlooville, when a child at a nearby skatepark confronted him and hurled verbal abuse.
The situation escalated, and Mr Rundle says the youth began kicking at his scooter before smashing in his front headlights.
Mr Rundle then desperately called the police while the child continued beating his scooter, which the 50-year-old depends on as he has various muscular problems.
The boy then got away before police arrived.
Speaking to The News, Mr Rundle said the ordeal began after he went out to find the parents of a child who had hit his son over the head with a soft-drink can while he was out playing.
His son told him he had been hit over the head by the same boy with a soft-drink can. Mr Rundle said: ‘I went out to look for the boy’s mum to talk to her about what happened, but she wasn’t around. As I came back home, my son pointed and said “there’s that boy”.
‘The boy then came over and started becoming aggressive to me, calling me every name under the sun. Then he started beating the living daylights out of my scooter and tried to attack me.
‘I was very upset. I called the police, they took the statement but now I don’t know what will happen.
‘He may end up getting away with it. I’m distraught, I’m in a right state.
‘I was very worried for my own personal safety.
‘I suffer with a number of things, I’ve got various muscular problems.
‘It’s horrible when you’re called all of these names under the sun – being told I was crippled and disabled.
‘When I was on the phone to the police, the kid was still bashing my scooter.
‘I just couldn’t believe it. And yet this kid didn’t even care.’
A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said: ‘Between 2pm and 3pm on Thursday, police were called by a 50-year-old man with regards to a report of criminal damage at the skatepark near to Hobby Close.
‘There was a verbal disagreement and subsequent damage caused to a mobility scooter.
‘The incident is under investigation.’