A MAN was left bloodied and bruised after being punched in the face at his local convenience store by thugs brawling in the aisle.
The 41-year-old, who does not want to be named for fear of reprisals, said the incident has left him shaken and confused.
Now he wants to appeal to anybody who may have witnessed the incident in Premier Stores in Redlands Lane, Fareham, to come forward in the hope of bringing these men to justice.
The former security guard said: ‘It’s my local shop. When I went in for some milk, I saw these two males attacking another. My training kicked in and I looked at the cashier – he looked shocked or petrified.
‘You either go into fight or flight in these situations and I think he was in flight mode but needed to protect the till.
‘I told him to call the police and I approached the men and came out with “what are you doing?” Then I thought “what am I doing?”.
‘The next second I got walloped in the right eye.’
After that, the two men, who were both white, aged around 25 to 35, ran out leaving the other man on the floor.
This man, who was also hurt, said he was homeless, did not want to press charges when the police arrived and claimed he did not know the men.
The other victim urged anybody with information to come forward.
He said: ‘It didn’t make a very good Christmas. I tried to not let it get to me but it did.’
A police spokesman said: ‘We were called to the store in Redlands Lane at 9.45pm on December 22 after an incident in which a man was assaulted, sustaining a cut to his face.
‘An investigation is under way and all available evidence is being examined, including CCTV. No arrests have been made.’
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting ref 44140455253.