Police in Teignbridge are appealing for witnesses to a serious assault on an elderly male which occurred in Exminster on Thursday 11 December between 6.15pm and 7pm.
It appears that the victim was approached by a man or group of men who asked him what was in his shopping bag before assaulting him and stealing money from the victim. One of the suspects is described as having a blue tattoo on his hand or forearm.
Sergeant Mark Ruston, Neighbourhood Sergeant for the area said: “The exact circumstances of this assault currently remains unclear as the victim remains in hospital. It is very unusual for an offence of this nature to occur in an area like Exminster. The incident has caused serious injuries to what is a vulnerable and elderly gentleman and has, as expected, caused upset to him and his family.
“We are keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the incident or if this reminds anyone of something they may have seen before or after the incident that evening. In the meantime we will be conducting extra patrols in the Exminster area to give further reassurance to the community.”
Police would also like to identify and speak with two young men who helped the victim shortly after the offence took place. If anyone has information please call the police on 101 quoting crime reference CR/129578/14, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111