Elderly man in mobility scooter attacked in Fareham

Police are investigating after the 74-year-old man was attacked
Police are investigating after the 74-year-old man was attacked
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A PENSIONER in a mobility scooter fought off attackers with his crutches when they tried to rob him in Fareham.

The 74-year-old man was making his way through The Gillies when two young men approached him between 6pm and 7pm on Sunday, January 11.

He entered the park near to Aldi, in West Street, and noticed the men sitting on bollards.

As he approached the bridge near to Redlands Lane the men grabbed hold of his scooter and shook it, possibly attempting to tip it over.

While doing this they were demanding money but the victim refused and went to grab his crutches to fight them off.

The men then ran away empty handed back towards West Street.

Detectives are investigating the attempted robbery and are appealing for witnesses.

The men are described as both white, aged between 18 and 25 and approximately 5ft to 5ft 5 tall.

The first suspect had dark hair, spoke with a foreign accent and was wearing a black jacket that was possibly made of leather and a dark woolly hat.

The second man was wearing a light coloured top and a woolly hat.

Detective Constable Jamie Fagan, from Fareham CID, said: ‘This was an unprovoked attack on a vulnerable man which has left him extremely shaken. I would urge anyone who can assist in identifying those responsible to contact us.

‘This area is very popular with dog walkers and is often used by people walking to or from the town centre.

‘Were you in the area on Sunday evening and did you see two men matching the description of those involved in this incident?’

Anyone with information should contact DC Fagan at Fareham CID by calling 101.

Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.