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Rough sleeper left with nasty gash after brick assault

Worcester Editorial 8th Oct, 2013 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A HOMELESS man in his 60s was left with head injuries after being attacked with a brick.

The victim was sleeping in a recess along an alleyway off Lowesmoor when he was woken by someone shouting nearby about 7.30am on Sunday (October 6).

He said he was a man talking to two teenage girls and claiming he was “going to throw a brick at someone’s head”.

The man then made his way down the alleyway, approached the rough sleeper, removed his cardboard coverings and demanded he give him his mobile phone and wallet.

When he refused, the man threatened to throw a brick at him and when he refused again, the man picked up a breeze block and threw it at him hitting the top of his head.

The two men were then involved in a scuffle where the attacker punched him in the face before running off out of the alleyway onto the main road followed by the victim clutching his head which was bleeding profusely.

Nothing was stolen but his victim was left with a two-inch cut, which required hospital treatment.

The assailant was described as being white, in his early 30s, 5ft 9ins tall, of stocky build, had greying ‘salt and pepper’ hair and a tanned complexion. He was wearing scruffy blue jeans, a red anorak with black marks on the arms and trainers, and he was smoking roll-ups.

The girls he was seen talking to were around 16-years-old and dressed in what appeared to be school uniform of black skirts, yellow blouses and blazers with yellow badges on.

Det Con Sarah Beales, from Worcester CID, said they were particularly keen to speak to the two girls.

“This was an unprovoked attack on a vulnerable man in his 60s and his injuries could easily have been worse,” she said.

“We believe there were lots of people around in Lowesmoor early on Sunday morning and someone may have seen some part of this incident. We are particularly keen to trace the two young ladies who were seen talking to the man and to whom he boasted about attacking someone.

“They were described as being dressed in school uniform but early on Sunday they could have been dressed in some other kind of uniform or even adults dressed as schoolgirls.

“I am sure they would remember their encounter and I urge them and any other witnesses to come forward so we can trace whoever was responsible for this nasty attack.”

DC Beales and Worcester CID can be contacted via the non-emergency police number 101 or information can be passed on anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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