A 49-YEAR-OLD man was beaten unconscious after he asked a group of partying yobs to be quiet in the middle of the night.
Andrew Toseland, is in an induced coma at Southampton General Hospital as the result of the head injuries he suffered when he was attacked.
The 6ft 2in warehouse worker had gone out of the flat he shares with his mother on the eighth floor of Garland Court in Forton Road, Gosport, at about 1am on Saturday to ask the revellers to calm down.
His mother Nina Toseland, 78, said: ‘On Friday I’d been at the hospital for my last lot of radiotherapy for cancer. I had said to my friend after that I was glad I wouldn’t be going to hospital for a few weeks.
‘Andrew thought I was staying at the hospital overnight, so he had gone out for a drink with his brother.
‘I had gone to bed at about 11.30pm, and I heard him come back with his brother, but then I heard this commotion outside – shouting and swearing.
‘I came out into the living room to tell Andrew to phone the police, but the front door was open. Then I saw Robert, and he said: “Don’t go around the corner. Don’t look at Andrew. I’ve put him in the recovery position and he’s seriously hurt.”
‘Andrew was making a horrible noise.
‘The three who had set on him had run.
‘Andrew is such a quiet person usually. I think he had politely told them to leave because they shouldn’t be in the building – they definitely weren’t people who lived here.’
Robert also received a black eye during the attack.
Andrew was taken by ambulance to Queen Alexandra Hospital, but was later transferred to the neurological specialist unit in Southampton General Hospital.
‘One of his pupils is fixed and dilated,’ added great-grandmother Mrs Toseland. ‘We’ve been warned that he could be left with brain damage.’
Eight people have been arrested so far as part of the investigation into the attack on Andrew Toseland.
Men aged 25, 27 and 21 are suspected of wounding with intent causing ABH, and have been released on bail until October.
Men aged 20, 18, 18 and a boy of 16 are currently in custody on suspicion of the same offence. A woman of 22 is also in custody on suspicion of assisting an offender. All suspects are from Gosport.
Anyone with information should contact Gosport CID, quoting operation Bevern, on 101, or use Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
‘People here really fear for their safety’
THE attack on Andrew Toseland comes at the end of years of worsening conditions in the building, his family have said.
His mother Nina Toseland first moved into Garland Court 26 years ago with her husband Bob, who has since died.
The 78-year-old said: ‘The first few years here were lovely, and Bob enjoyed living here too, but in more recent years, the situation has been getting worse and worse.
‘The housing association has been moving in a lot more young people. You used to have to be over 40 to get a place in here.
‘There’s been a lot of music late at nights, urinating in the corridors, mirrors smashed in the lifts, drink, drugs.
Mrs Toseland’s grandson Michael Toseland spent a lot of time at the flat as he was growing up.
The 28-year-old, now living near Cardiff, had been due to go on his own family holiday, but came straight to Gosport when he heard about the attack. He said: ‘The problems in the block with anti-social behaviour have been going on for years. Now it seems to have come to a short, sharp head.
‘There are people in the block really fearing for their safety now.’