PEN­SIONER BAT­TERED BY GANG OF THUGS

72-year-old in hospi­tal with se­ri­ous head in­juries

Warwickshire Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

A PEN­SIONER is se­ri­ously ill in hospi­tal af­ter he was at­tacked in a Coven­try street.

Po­lice and paramedics were called to Bright Street, Foleshill, at 10.45pm on Wed­nes­day to re­ports that an el­derly man had been at­tacked.

The 72-year-old, who lives nearby, was taken to Univer­sity Hospi­tal, in Wals­grave, with sig­nif­i­cant head in­juries. His con­di­tion is de­scribed as se­ri­ous but sta­ble.

In the early hours of yes­ter­day morn­ing an 18-year-old was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of wound­ing. He was still in cus­day af­ter­noon.

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Street said they had no idea that a man had been at­tacked un­til po­lice ar­rived.

“I was to­tally obliv­i­ous to what was go­ing on un­til 11.50am when a de­tec­tive knocked on my door,” one woman said.

“He said that the man had been at­tacked by a group of young lads.

“When I looked out­side there were po­lice vans and po­lice every­where.

“It’s a quiet road but it’s used as a cut-through for pedes­tri­ans.”

An­other neigh­bour said he thought the pen­sioner had suf­fered a bro­ken jaw.

Po­lice were still in the road yes­ter­day at 1pm as they car­ried out in­quiries.

Part of the road, next to a new de­vel­op­ment and op­po­site a walk­way that leads be­hind a block of houses, was cor­doned off.

The road was re-opened yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

A spokes­woman for West Mid­lands Am­bu­lance Ser­vice con­firmed that an am­bu­lance had been called to Bright Street to re­ports that an el­derly male had been at­tacked.

She said the man had been taken to hospi­tal.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the at­tack is asked to con­tact po­lice on 101.

Al­ter­na­tively if you don’t want to speak to a po­lice of­fi­cer or wish to give ev­i­dence anony­mously call the char­ity Crimestop­pers on 0800 555111.

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