PENSIONER BATTERED BY GANG OF THUGS
72-year-old in hospital with serious head injuries
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.
ving in Bright
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.