Youths sought after vicious attack on pensioner in Staple Tye

Crime / Thu 17th Oct 2013 at 05:40pm

POLICE are appealing for information about four youths who assaulted a pensioner as he walked through an underpass between Staple Tye and Bishopsfield in Harlow.

The man was approached by the youths at around 5.15pm on Wednesday October 16 as he walked back from the shops after buying a lottery ticket. He suffered a broken hip and broken arm following the assault and will have to have major surgery.

The suspects are all thought to be aged between 14 and 19-years-old. The first is described as tall, white, thin and very aggressive. He had light hair but was wearing a hood. The second boy was smaller with dark hair, dark skin, and was wearing a grey hood with possibly a brown cap underneath. The victim did not manage to get a description of the other two.

Ds Mick Orr, of Harlow CID, said: “This was a totally unprovoked attack on a 76-year-old man who on his way to the shops to get a lottery ticket.

“We are appealing for information and witnesses to come forward if they recognise the descriptions or have seen any of these people at or around the time of the assault. We would also like to speak to a woman who helped the victim after the attack.”

If you can help with any information please call Essex Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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