Wiltshire

Salisbury wheelchair user attacked by gang

A man was tipped from his motorised wheelchair, kicked and robbed by a gang in Salisbury, Wiltshire.

The male and female youths blocked the 51-year-old's path in Sycamore Drive, Bishopdown, between 0130 and 0230 BST.

One of them jumped onto his lap and tried to get hold of the joystick when he refused to hand over his belongings.

The victim was also hit to the back of the head before the gang kicked him while on the ground and stole his wallet.

Wiltshire Police said the victim shouted for help and the group ran off towards Bishopdown Farm.

They returned a few minutes later, said nothing to the man and put the wheelchair back on its wheels.

They then fled towards the Jewell Close area with the man's wallet and were last seen heading towards the Green.

The victim was able to get home and received hospital treatment for concussion, cuts and bruises.

The gang was made up of three young men aged 17 to 20, and two young women aged 16 to 18.

Det Sgt Nigel Porter said: "This was a despicable attack and must have been terrifying for the victim who could not defend himself.

"It is fortunate that he was not more seriously injured during the ordeal.

"I am absolutely appalled by this behaviour and I am appealing for the help of the community, who will no doubt be equally disgusted, to identify those responsible.

"I would like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time of the robbery, who heard or saw any suspicious activity or who can help me find the offenders."

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