York & North Yorkshire

Appeal after pensioner 'viciously' assaulted in York

An elderly man was seriously hurt in a "vicious" attack during a shopping trip in York, police have said.

Officers said the 71-year-old from Leeds was walking with his son on Rougier Street when he was attacked by three men on 31 January.

The man sustained a fractured foot, a cut lip and lost several teeth in the attack.

North Yorkshire Police described it as a "vicious attack on a vulnerable" person.

The pair were crossing the road to a bus stop when they were approached by the men.

Officers said the victim was punched in the face before being knocked to the ground. His legs were stamped on as he lay on the street.

The men then ran off in the direction of Holgate.

'Considerable pain'

According to police, before the attack a car had slowed down in the road and stopped next to the victim and his son, words were exchanged between them and the occupants of the vehicle.

PC Tom Copeland, from North Yorkshire Police, said: "This was a vicious attack on a vulnerable people which resulted in serious injuries to a 71-year-old man. This has caused the victim considerable pain and distress.

"Our enquiries have established that at the time of the incident several cars passed by and had to stop to avoid the incident taking place in the road.

"I am appealing to the drivers of those vehicles to come forward as they may have information vital to the investigation.

"The occupants of the vehicle who were involved in the initial exchange of words have been assisting police with their enquiries, however we need to trace the three men who were involved in the actual assault."

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