Police have renewed appeals for information after an elderly man was left battered and bruised by a gang of youths on a Peterborough street.
The 82-year-old Peterborough man was walking through the cut-through between Nottingham Way and Barkston Drive, in Dogsthorpe at 7pm on April when the gang of four youths assaulted him.
The pensioner, who lived nearby was left with cuts and severe bruising to his arms and chest in the attack, while the attackers ran away from the scene.
Now detectives have issued CCTV images of a group of youths they want to speak to in connection with the incident. Detective Constable Pete Wise, said the elderly man had been left ‘injured and frightened.’
He said: “This cowardly and unprovoked attack has left its elderly victim injured and frightened.
“I urge anyone with any information to come forward.”
Four young men, aged between 16 to 20, approached the victim and asked him for the time.
As he gave them the time, they threatened to beat him up unless he handed his wallet over.
The victim took his wallet out and threw it over a fence into a neighbouring garden, at which point the suspects ran off.
As they did, they barged in to him, causing cuts and severe bruising.
Park Ward councillor John Peach said he would be raising the issue with neighbourhood police officers at the next panel meeting.
He said: “I know the victim involved, and this was very traumatic for him.
“Whilst this sort of thing is only a rare occurrence, we do need the police to get to the bottom of this.
“It is something that I will be raising at the next police panel meeting, and asking if the area can be made a local policing priority.
“We don’t want people to have a fear of crime in this area.”
The group of young men are all described as being of Asian appearance and around 5’7” tall.
Officers are keen to speak to the people shown in the CCTV image in relation to the incident.
Anyone with information is asked to call Cambridgeshire police on 101, or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.