A PENSIONER was assaulted by a gang of young men after he tried to stop them kicking cars.
Police branded the attack – in which the 67-year-old victim was kicked in the head while he lay on the ground – as ‘despicable’.
And they and urged witnesses to the attack to come forward.
The victim had stopped in traffic at the junction of Eastern Road and Fitzherbert Road, in Farlington, Portsmouth, when he saw a group of young men kicking a car door in front of him.
Then as he drove past them the gang also began kicking out at his vehicle.
He got out of his car and tried to tell the youths to stop but was attacked and knocked to the ground.
The young men then started kicking him repeatedly in the head and body.
He was rescued when a passing taxi driver stopped to confront the group and at this point the victim managed to get up and move away.
The elderly man suffered severe bruising and was taken by ambulance to Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham, for observation.
PC Paul MacMillan, said: ‘This was a despicable crime on an elderly gentleman who was only trying to stand his ground.
‘This man refused to back down and was subjected to a brutal attack.
‘I am appealing for anyone with any information to come forward and speak to us.
‘We would like to hear from the driver and any passengers who were in the car in front of the victim, and also had their car kicked, as they may have vital information.
‘We are urging anyone with any information about this incident to come forward and help us with our inquiry.’
Four boys, three aged 16 and one aged 15, all from Portsmouth, have been arrested on suspicion of assault and released on police bail pending further enquiries.
The attack took place at sometime between 1.30am and 1.35am on Sunday September 11 but police only released details of it following the four arrests.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC Paul MacMillan at Cosham Police Station on 101 or via the website hampshire.police.uk/internet/contact/message_officer.htm.
Witnesses can also call the Crimestoppers charity line on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.