Man Assaulted in Southsea

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted outside his home on Frensham Road in Southsea.

At around 10.30pm on Friday, June 25, the 32-year-old saw a youth hit the window of his car with his elbow

The man went outside to confront him and around eight other youths attacked him knocking him to the floor.

They ran off in the direction of Goldsmiths Avenue, towards the KFC and McDondalds restaurants.

The victim was taken by ambulance to the Queen Alexandra Hospital and required a number of stitches for a wound to his temple. He is now recovering at home with bruising to his head and back.

The group of around eight boys and two girls are described as between 16 and 18-years-old and all wearing shorts. The main suspect was about 18 and wore a pale blue polo shirt.

PC Steve Galmoye-Webster from the Portsmouth South Targeted Patrol team said: "This was an unprovoked and nasty assault. The aggrieved was trying to protect his property from damage by these youths. At time of the assault there were people in and around KFC on Goldsmith Avenue. I urge anyone who was in that area and has any information to contact the police and help to identify the young men involved."

The victim said: "Is your lad about 16 or 18 and did he wake up on Saturday morning with a hangover and signs of a scrap? If so, he could be one of these lads who was walking down my street on Friday night vandalising cars. I went outside because I didn't want them to think they could simply get away with it and for my trouble several of them turned on me like a pack of dogs. I'd like to know if their parents knew what they were up to on Friday night and if so what would they do about it? Would you approve and if you don't then I think, if you have any shred of decency, you want to think about turning them in to the police."

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Galmoye-Webster at Southsea police station on 101 or the anonymous Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.