Thugs try to rob disabled pensioner on scooter in Fareham park

The Gillies in Fareham where the attack took place. Picture: Paul Jacobs (150050-3)
The Gillies in Fareham where the attack took place. Picture: Paul Jacobs (150050-3)
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A PENSIONER who fought off two thugs with his crutches when they attacked him on his mobility scooter has spoken of his ordeal.

The 74-year-old was travelling through The Gillies, a park in Fareham, when he was set upon between 6pm and 7pm on Sunday.

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

The pensioner, who does not want to be identified for fear of another attack, said he got hold of his crutches and swung for the two men, causing them to run off empty handed. He said: ‘They picked on the wrong person.

‘They got a hiding and then they ran off.

‘They saw somebody in a wheelchair and they didn’t know who it was. I have been about in my life which they soon found out.’

The 74-year-old grandfather, who used to run a building company, said the incident left him shaken but he is determined to carry on as normal.

He said: ‘I only go out for an hour or so every day and I’m not going to stop going out just because of those two cowards.’

Detectives are investigating the attempted robbery and yesterday released descriptions of the suspects.

Both men are described as white, aged between 18 and 25 and 5ft to 5ft 5in tall.

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

The second man wore a light-coloured top and a woolly hat.

The pensioner, who started using a mobility scooter after breaking his spine a few years ago, said: ‘They are the lowest of the low.

‘They were cowards, to pick on someone in a wheelchair.

‘They are just scum, absolute scum.’

Detective Constable Jamie Fagan, from Fareham CID, appealed for witnesses to come forward.

He said: ‘This was an unprovoked attack on a vulnerable man which has left him extremely shaken.

‘I’d urge anyone who can assist in identifying those responsible to contact us.’

Anyone with any information on the attack should contact DC Fagan at Fareham CID by calling 101.

Alternatively you can call the Crimestoppers hotline anonymously on 0800 555 111.