POLICE are hunting a gang of thugs who beat a pensioner and left him bleeding on a pavement after robbing him.
The man, who is in his 90s and is not being named, had withdrawn money from a Wisbech town centre cashpoint on Monday, February 20, and was walking in the King’s Road area at around 6.30pm when he was set upon by the despicable group of between four and six youths.
It is thought the gang hit him several times, leaving him with cuts to his face and black eyes, before stealing his wallet.
DI Dave Murphy, head of CID for Fenland, said: “This was a horrifying attack. It must have been an extremely frightening incident for the person concerned and we are doing everything in our efforts to find the culprits. We would appeal to anyone with any information to come forward and help us catch these offenders.”
Police believe the war veteran, who is deaf, may have been spotted taking the money out and followed by the youths.
Unfortunately, there was only one witness to the robbery – a member of the public who called the police – who was unable to give detailed descriptions.
The victim was left very disorientated and dazed and also unable to give police much detail. Police are unsure of the exact ages of the attackers, other than they have been described as “youths”.
Police have carried out house-to-house enquiries and are checking CCTV footage.
Extra reassurance patrols have been in the area, although officers want to emphasise there have been no similar attacks and they are treating it as an isolated incident.
l Anyone with information is asked to call DC Emily Clarke on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800-555111.