POLICE HUNT DRIVER AFTER 80-YEAR-OLD PENSIONER ATTACKED IN PENGE “Nonsensical attack could have cost victim his life”

Police are appealing for the public’s help to locate a man who brutally attacked a pensioner in Penge, leaving him unconscious and with serious injuries.

On Sunday, 21 April, at about 19:50hrs, the 80-year-old victim and his wife were walking along Parish Lane in Penge, when a silver car abruptly stopped as they were crossing the road, almost hitting them.

The driver of the car and the victim then had a verbal altercation before the victim walked away. The suspect pulled over, got out of the vehicle and chased the victim before shoving him in the back. The victim collided with a brick wall as he fell, causing multiple injuries.

The suspect quickly got back into his car and drove away from the scene.

Police officers and the London Ambulance Service attended and found the victim unconscious and covered in blood. He suffered multiple injuries including a broken wrist, nose and cheekbone.

The victim was left unconscious for around two minutes following the attack and has since stated that he does not remember the assault, just the altercation that happened moments before.

The suspect, who is wanted on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm, has been described as a white man, aged around 40, about 5ft 10ins to 6ft tall, of large build with a bald/shaved head. He was wearing a light-blue T-shirt and dark-blue shorts. 

There was also a female passenger in the car.

Detectives from the South Area’s CID are investigating.

Det Con Luke Thomson, the investigating officer, said: “The victim has suffered horrific injuries as a result of a nonsensical attack, which could have cost him his life. “There is no place in society for unlawful and aggressive acts such as this.

“We are appealing for anybody who knows the man who carried out this brutal attack to come forward and assist us with our investigation to help us bring the person responsible to justice.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 and quote CAD 6355/21APR or Tweet @MetCC. Information can also be reported anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org (Source: Met Police press release)

Detectives are also appealing for information and witnesses after a 14-year-old boy was stabbed in Penge.

Police were called at around 15:35hrs on Wednesday, 15 May, to reports of youths fighting in Croydon Road at the junction with Weighton Road, SE20.

Officers attended and found a 14-year-old boy suffering a stab wound to his arm. The boy was taken by ambulance to hospital, where his condition has been assessed as not life-threatening.

Detectives from South Area CID are investigating. They retain an open mind as to any motive, but do not believe the victim was robbed.

Police are appealing for any witnesses or anyone with information to call police on 101 . They are also asking drivers who may have dashcam footage showing those involved in the incident to get in touch. Please quote reference 4874/may15.

To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Young people who have information about violent crime can visit fearless.org where they can pass on information anonymously. Fearless is part of the Crimestoppers charity, and is also independent of the police. (Source: Met Police press release)

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