Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Southampton armed attacker hunted by police

Police in Villiers Road
Image caption Villiers Road was cordoned off as police searched nearby roads

A man who used a plank of wood in an attack in Southampton is still being hunted by police.

The man attacked a 45-year-old man at a property in Villiers Road, Shirley, hitting him around the head with the wood, on Wednesday.

He is described as white, slim, 5ft 10in, aged in his late 40s to early 50s, with black, wavy, collar length hair and unshaven.

Police think the wood might have been thrown into a nearby garden.

About 30 police officers, including armed personnel, were deployed to the Shirley Road area at 1425 BST.

'Targeted attack'

Officers searched the area and warned members of the public not to approach the man, who was wearing a black jacket and blue jeans.

The injured man received treatment for a minor head injury at Southampton General Hospital, police said.

A Hampshire Police spokesman said: "The most important thing to note is that it was an isolated and targeted attack so people should not fear for their safety."

Anyone who witnessed the the incident, or saw the offender on Heysham Road walking towards Foundry Lane, is asked to contact police.

Officers are also keen to trace the plank of wood used in the attack.

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