Teenagers launch vicious attack on Portsmouth man as he tried to stop them ripping drainpipe off his Fratton home

TEENAGE thugs viciously attacked a 50-year-old man after he tried to stop them ripping a drainpipe from his home.

The victim was pushed to the ground and punched in the face before all three teenagers – aged between 16-20 – kicked him.

Walmer Road in Fratton. Picture: Google

Walmer Road in Fratton. Picture: Google

He suffered a large cut to the back of his ear and swelling to the back of his head.

The trio were white  and were wearing dark puffa jackets and jeans.

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Police were called to the attack in Walmer Road, Fratton, in Portsmouth, at 12.35pm yesterday.

A Hampshire police spokeswoman said the incident started with a ‘verbal altercation’ after the trio tried to pull the drainpipe of the man’s home.

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Investigating officer Detective Constable Samantha Barber said: 'I am appealing to anyone who may have been in the area at the time of this incident.

‘Did you witness the attack, or did you see a group of teenagers in the area matching the descriptions?'

Call police on 101 quoting 44180450121 with any information.

:: An earlier version of this story said the assailants were black and aged between 16-18. This information was provided to The News by Hampshire police, who later said the teenagers were white and aged between 16-20.