Neighbours’ shock after Southsea pensioner is attacked by burglar

A policeman stands guard outside a house in Campbell Road Southsea where an elderly man was attacked.''Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (132019-1)
A policeman stands guard outside a house in Campbell Road Southsea where an elderly man was attacked.''Picture: Ian Hargreaves (132019-1)
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A PENSIONER was attacked at his home after a man broke in and stole his wallet.

Police found the victim, who is in his 80s, with head and arm injuries when they turned up in Campbell Road, Southsea, shortly after 9.40am yesterday.

The suspect fled the scene before help arrived.

Neighbour Elvan Kaynak, 50, had left his house to go to an eye appointment that morning when he saw a man on the pavement clutching his arm.

‘There was a girl calling an ambulance and a man holding his arm,’ he said.

‘Some guy next to me said something had happened.

‘It looked like he had cut his arm.

‘He said something but I didn’t really understand what it was.’

Another resident, who has lived in the road for six years, said she was told by someone the man had been stabbed with a knife.

‘I was told that the man was upstairs when he heard a window break.

‘He went downstairs and there was a guy robbing him.

‘A guy had his wallet.

‘He rushed at the guy, and the guy had a knife and slashed his arm with it.

‘The police have been here all day.’

Speaking about the victim, she said: ‘I always say hello – he is a nice man.

‘I have seen him at a church I go to.

‘Nothing like this has happened since I’ve been here.

‘It’s really awful when you get people who live on their own, mind their own business and are then attacked in their own homes.’

The man – named locally as Doug – was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham, and treated for injuries which weren’t life-threatening.

Detectives want people who spotted a white man in his 30s with dark hair running towards Lorne Road and Livingstone Road to get in touch.

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said: ‘Enquiries are continuing to establish more details.

‘A key aspect of the investigation is confirming exactly how the elderly man received his injuries.

‘This includes the possibility of an assault inside the address.

‘Detectives are due to take a formal statement from the victim.’

A police officer with a bicycle stood guard at the entrance of the victim’s house last night.

During the day, Campbell Road was closed off while specialist officers using forensics and dogs examined the scene for potential evidence.

The wallet that was stolen contained various bank and membership cards.

Further searches will be carried out to determine whether anything else was taken.

Neighbours said the pensioner lives alone and is a former music teacher.

One resident, who did not want to be named, had just returned from a cruise when she saw police officers on the street.

‘I saw the police and asked what was going on,’ she said.

‘They said the house had been burgled and a wallet had been stolen.

‘It’s quite a quiet road.’

Another neighbour said: ‘Something like this would worry anybody.

‘Things like this happen everywhere.’

Witnesses or anyone with information should call CID at Fratton Police Station on 101.

Alternatively, call the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555111 if you wish to remain anonymous.