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A man's been badly beaten up after trying to stop a group of teenagers walking off with his bike, which he'd left outside a shop in Havant.
The 28-year-old had visited his local Co-op store in Forestside Avenue on Sunday, September 26 between 8.40pm and 9.20pm.
He came out to find four or five youths attempting to walk off with his bike, which he had left outside the store.
He confronted the group, who punched and kicked him to the floor, causing serious injuries.
The group then left the scene.
The victim was taken to Queen Alexandra hospital where he was treated for a broken finger, fractured wrist, bruising to the ribs, shoulder and collar bone, two black eyes and swelling to his head and face.
They are described as:
All approximately 18 years of age
All medium build
Wearing baseball caps, hooded tops and similar clothing
Detective Constable Nick Wieczorek said:
“It is very rare that offenders would use this level of violence in a simple attempt to steal a bike, and this is a major cause for concern.
“This incident happened near to a busy local Co-op store, so there is a very good chance it was witnessed by someone. The area is also overlooked by many residential properties, and somebody may have been disturbed by the incident and saw what happened.
“We would encourage anyone who witnessed this incident, or has any information about those responsible, to come forward as soon as possible, so we can track down the offenders.”
Anyone with information should contact Havant police station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.