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25 January 2012, 13:38 | Updated: 25 January 2012, 13:45
Bedfordshire Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after an elderly man was assaulted in Biggleswade at the weekend.
The incident happened at around 5.50pm on Sunday 22nd January in Stratton Way, Biggleswade.
Two offenders beat the 74 year old man to the floor, set their dog on him and then punched him as he lay on the ground.
The victim was taken to Lister Hospital in Stevenage for treatment to a cut to the head which required four stitches. The man was also left with severe swelling to his face.
The first offender is described as being white, in his late teens and was wearing a red top with its hood pulled up and dark bottoms, he was in control of the dog, described as being chocolate or light brown with some black patches. The second offender was younger and wearing a black jacket with the hood up, dark trousers and a black and white scarf across his face.
Detective Constable Guy Steel-Jessop, who is investigating the incident, would like to hear from anyone who may know the offenders or may have seen them either before or after the assault.
He said: “This was a vicious attack on an elderly man who was going about his daily business. Thankfully he has not sustained any serious injury, but he has been left very shaken by the whole incident.
“The two offenders certainly weren’t afraid to use violence and I hope that anyone who may have seen them will come forward to help stop them from committing similar offences in the future.
“I’d like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time or anyone else who may have information – however small or insignificant they think it is – that could help us. Don’t dismiss your information as unimportant – even tiny details which don’t seem relevant now might become useful later on in the investigation.”
If you have information relating to this incident, contact DC Steel-Jessop, in confidence on the non emergency number 101, or text information to 07786 200011.
Alternatively contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.