WITNESSES have spoken of their shock after a man was seriously injured in an attack outside a pub.
The 67-year-old victim was set upon in High Street, Cosham, Portsmouth, near The First Post.
The incident caused ‘absolute chaos’ as emergency services swooped on the scene and people gathered to watch.
Police sealed off the entrance to the pub and stood guard while forensic experts combed the pavement for evidence.
Yet the pub stayed open and customers were allowed in and out through a back entrance.
Those who know the victim say they hope he pulls through.
There were so many police cars, it caused havoc. The man was in a bad way. It’s disgusting.Staff member in Mays of Cosham fish and chip shop
And an off-duty male nurse has been praised after he dashed over to help and dialled 999.
Roger Brown, 68, of Hayling Island, said of the victim: ‘He is a gentle man, he is a lovely person and just a joker.
‘I met the guy who witnessed the attack, he said there was blood everywhere.’
Gary White, 33, who lives on the High Street, said: ‘I let my dog out to go to the toilet and it all kicked off. It just brings the area down.
A member of staff in nearby Mays of Cosham fish and chip shop, said: ‘It caused absolute chaos in Cosham High Street.
‘There were so many police cars, it caused havoc. The man was in a bad way. It’s disgusting. An off-duty nurse saw the man on the floor, ran across the road and shouted “I’m a nurse, stop what you are doing” to everyone and he went and attended to him.
‘He was then on the phone to the ambulance.
‘He was kind of a hero.’
A 25-year-old man from Portsmouth has been arrested in connection to the attack, which happened around 4pm on Saturday, and remains in custody.
Detective Sergeant Rob Faricy said: ‘This is an isolated incident which occurred on a busy high street on a Saturday afternoon.
‘We have spoken to a number of people who saw what happened, but would appeal to anyone else who has not yet come forward to get in touch.’
Anyone with information should contact Eastern Investigations at Fratton police station on 101. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.