Wiltshire

Reward over attack on man in wheelchair in Salisbury

Members of the public outraged by an attack on a man in a wheelchair have put up a £1,600 reward to catch the gang responsible.

The 51-year-old was tipped from the chair and punched and kicked by the group in Salisbury on 1 May. They then stole his wallet.

A Wiltshire Police spokesman said "outraged" people including local businessmen had put up the reward.

"I'm sure that the gentleman will be touched by the kind offers," he said.

The gang was made up of three males aged about 17 to 20, and two girls aged about 16 to 18.

Jumped on lap

They blocked the victim's path in Sycamore Drive, Bishopdown, between 0130 and 0230 BST.

One of them jumped on to his lap and tried to get hold of the joystick of his motorised wheelchair 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.

Pc Jem Horner said it was hoped the reward, for information leading to the conviction of the attackers, would encourage anyone with information to come forward.

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