Fa­ther bru­tally at­tacked in front of his three-year-old child

The Herald on Sunday - - 29.10.17 NEWS -

PO­LICE are ap­peal­ing for in­for­ma­tion after a fa­ther was at­tacked in a res­i­den­tial area in the south­side of Glas­gow in front of his three-year-old child.

The at­tack, which took place near Queens Park in Shaw­lands, hap­pened in broad day­light and was de­scribed as “de­spi­ca­ble” by po­lice.

It is un­der­stood that the 26-year-old man, who is be­lieved to live lo­cally, was push­ing this three-year-old son along Ve­nard Gar­dens, just off Pol­lok­shaws Road in the leafy en­clave of Strath­bungo, just be­fore 11am on Satur­day morn­ing. He was ap­proached by a man who de­manded he hand over his phone and when he re­fused, he was at­tacked and in­jured in front of his tod­dler. The sus­pect then fled.

Po­lice and an am­bu­lance were called and the man was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hos­pi­tal for treat­ment. Med­i­cal staff de­scribed his con­di­tion as sta­ble. Lo­cals said po­lice had been car­ry­ing out door-to-door en­quiries in the area, as well as ques­tion­ing lo­cal business own­ers, as they checked for wit­nesses. Al­though they de­scribed the street where the at­tack took place as “quiet”, the area is pop­u­lar with young fam­i­lies and on the edge of a busy road, with sev­eral pubs, cafes and shops nearby.

One lo­cal mother, who was walk­ing past the cor­ner of Ve­nard Gar­dens just min­utes after the at­tack said a po­lice car pulled into the street with siren blar­ing, closely fol­lowed by an am­bu­lance. “It’s a hor­ren­dous thing to hap­pen to some­one in front of their young child,” she added.

Po­lice said they are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing and have not is­sued a de­scrip­tion of the man al­though they claimed he was “of gaunt ap­pear­ance.”

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