NEIGHBOURS living close to where a man was found bleeding and unconscious have spoken of their shock.
The man, in his 20s, was found badly beaten in Grange Road, Rowner, outside Tesco at 6.20am yesterday.
He was found by a passer by and taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, with serious, but not life-threatening injuries.
Police closed off the entire length of the road and the Tesco car park while they tried to piece together what happened.
Officers conducted house-to-house enquiries and asked people to check their gardens and bins for evidence.
The cordon was not lifted until after 1pm.
A young mum-of-two, who did not want to be named, said: ‘We didn’t know anything about it until we came out of the house in the morning.
‘We didn’t hear a thing.
‘It is a shock when something like this happens on your doorstep.
‘Especially when you’ve got young children.’
The victim, who is from Gosport, suffered injuries to his face, arms and body.
One line of enquiry police are looking at is that the victim was attacked by a group of people during the early hours of yesterday morning.
Detective Inspector Ross Toms said: ‘We’re appealing for witnesses who may have noticed an injured man, a disturbance, or any suspicious behaviour in the Rowner area of Gosport overnight and early (Sunday) morning.
‘I would also ask local residents to check their gardens and bins for any discarded property that does not belong to them.
‘This is a routine line of enquiry to explore the possibility that evidence may have been thrown away by suspects after the assault.’
Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to contact CID at Fareham police station by phoning 101 and quoting Operation Sphinx.
Alternatively call the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.