5th Dec, 2016

Investigations continuing into unprovoked Stratford attack on pensioner

Stratford Editorial 10th Sep, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

OFFICERS in Stratford have carried out an ‘anniversary walkthrough’ a week to the day an unprovoked assault left a 71-year-old man with serious facial injuries.

It happened at 10.15pm on Friday (September 2) as the man and his wife were walking their dog near the scout hut on Summerton Way, which runs from Stratford College to the roundabout at the Evesham Road and Seven Meadows Road.

The man was left with two fractured eye sockets, a broken nose and a seriously injured jaw. His wife was shaken by the order but not hurt.

Officers walked the route talking to people about the assault and asking if they saw anything the previous week or have any more information that could help police with their investigation.

Sergeant Alan Edwards said: “An anniversary walkthrough gives us the opportunity to revisit an area and speak to people who may have been there at the time of the incident.

“Officers spoke to several people along the route and gained someĀ useful information about the assault and about other suspicious behaviour in the area.

“We’re extremely concerned by the savage and unprovoked nature of this assault on a man who was just out walking his dog.

“It is extremely important that we identify the people responsible for this horrendous crime and we continue to appeal to the community for information.

“We’d like to thank the members of the public who have provided information so far as part of our investigation, these have led to several useful lines of inquiry.

“We firmly believe someone out there knows who has committed this offence and we would urge this person to contact police.”

The attacker is described as being a white man aged around 20 with short hair, of slim build and almost 6ft tall.

He was wearing a dark top which may have been a woolly jumper or jacket that was closed up to his neck.

The attacker and another man who was with him left the alleyway in the direction of the roundabout.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has information should call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.