Cyclist arrested after pushing a pensioner to floor in Gosport

Police at the scene where a 69-year-old man was assaulted in Gosport Picture: UKNIP
Police at the scene where a 69-year-old man was assaulted in Gosport Picture: UKNIP

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POLICE have arrested a man on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent following a serious incident on Sunday evening.

A 69-year-old man was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital after he hit his head on the road in Bury Road, Gosport at about 5.50pm on Sunday.

‘This is a really unfortunate event and I’ve had residents come to me about this but there should also be some give and take.

Councillor Alan Scand

The elderly man was pushed over, after what police say was a dispute.

The victim was with his wife who was in a wheelchair when he had an altercation with a man, who afterwards cycled off towards Stoke Road.

A spokesperson for Hampshire Constabulary said: ‘Officers have arrested a 28-year-old local man on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent following a serious assault.’

Southern Central Ambulance Service said that the victim was unconscious when they were arrived.

A spokesman said: ‘We received a call at 5.54pm of an elderly male who had been pushed and was unconscious.

‘The patient was semi-conscious when the ambulance left the scene.’

Nearby residents said that they heard shouting outside their homes before the incident.

One resident, who asked not to be named, said: ‘I was in the kitchen making my dinner when it happened and heard a lot of bawling and shouting.

‘When I looked up, I could see it was the guy on the bike who was bawling.

‘There were then two cars that pulled over immediately to help, as well as some kids who were playing out.’

Locals on Bury Road have spoken of their frustration of cyclists who ride on the pavement instead of the designated cycle lane.

One woman said: ‘There’s no excuse because there is an area on the road for cyclists. They whizz past and we have to be really careful when we reverse out of our drive.’

Gosport Councillor Alan Scand, who represents the Anglesey ward, said: ‘This is a really unfortunate event and I’ve had a number of residents come to me about this.

‘The pedestrian should have the priority on the pavement and cyclists should have things such as a bell.

‘There should be some give and take on both sides as the road is busy.’