COVENTRY detectives are urging witnesses to come forward after a motorist was attacked by a group of youths.
The incident took place on Rotherham Road in Holbrooks at around 7.30pm on Friday, November 7 and saw the 61-year-old driver forced to stop his vehicle by a gang of youngsters who blocked his path – stood in the road, outside the Premier convenience store.
The driver got out to ask the teenagers to move on but as he turned to get back into his car he felt a blow to the head, which caused him to fall to the floor where he was then repeatedly kicked.
The man was left with mutiple injuries which, although were initially not thought to be serious, saw him to be admitted to hospital a few days later where his condition worsened and he underwent surgery, requiring his spleen to be removed as a result of the attack.
DC Sarah Reeve, from Force CID in Coventry, urges people to help them trace those responsible and said: “This was a nasty, violent attack on a man, in his 60s, who was innocently trying to go about his business.
“It seems the motive for the attack was nothing more than bloody-mindedness, leading to the youths attacking him when he simply asked them to move out of the road.
“It left an innocent man in hospital, requiring surgery, for no apparent reason and we now need the public’s help to trace those responsible for this sickening crime.
“If you were part of the group, or know who was involved then we urge you to come forward and help our investigation.
“This could easily have been your dad or granddad.
“Please come forward and tell us what you know.”
The investigation team can be contacted at Coventry Force CID by dialling 101 or by speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.