MITCHAM GANG ASSAULT: Elderly dogwalker hurt after attack by animal abuser

An OAP dog owner out walking his companion on a green in Mitcham, south London suffered a fractured wrist and rib after being shoved to the ground by a group of youths as he tried to protect his dog from being attacked by one of them, the BBC reports today.

The unidentified 76-year-old victim had been walking his dog in Mitcham’s Cricket Green yesterday (Friday 6 March) at about 4 pm GMT when the attack occurred. Local police said that the man got into a confrontation with four other park users, one of whom pushed him to the ground. The younger man had first attempted to kick the victim’s dog, before turning on the victim as he stood up for his pet. The elder’s injuries required hospital treatment, the BBC says.

Local police officer Det Con Jamie McIntosh said: “This was an unprovoked and cowardly attack on an elderly man who was out walking his dog alone.

As a result of the incident the victim has been left frightened and confused.

It would have been very busy around the Cricket Green at the time of the attack and there would have been a significant amount of traffic along the A239 (motorway/highway). I am appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the attack or anyone with any information to come forward and assist us with our investigating.

Police said that the victim described the gang as being made up of two men and two women, all described as of ‘black’ ethnicity and in their early twenties. All of the group were said to be wearing dark clothing. The man who assaulted the pensioner was described as being 5 foot 11 inches (1.80 metres) tall with short black hair.

The Mitcham dogwalker has now been discharged from medical treatment. Police are appealing for witnesses to the attack. Anyone with information on the attackers or the crime can call the Merton CID (police criminal investigations team) on 0208 649 3057 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 

SOURCES:
Vijay Shah { विजय }, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/VShah1984
Lost in London, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/UKNewsTweets687
“Pensioner hurt after dog trying to stop dog attack” – BBC News London, BBC (7 March 2015) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-31779042
“Pensioner attacked by gang of thugs as he walked his dog in south London” – Rachel Blundy, London Evening Standard (7 March 2015) http://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/pensioner-attacked-by-gang-of-thugs-as-he-walked-his-dog-in-south-london-10092819.html
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10 thoughts on “MITCHAM GANG ASSAULT: Elderly dogwalker hurt after attack by animal abuser

  1. First Night Design March 7, 2015 / 12:41 pm

    Struggling through the ether and my bad connection to say how much I hate the world we have created. Why have the parents not taught their children the difference between right and wrong? Probably because they were, in turn, not taught any decency. Aaaggh!

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  2. Emy Will March 7, 2015 / 1:16 pm

    So senseless! This is sadistic behavior. I hope the perpetrators get caught!

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  3. eurobrat March 8, 2015 / 1:01 am

    Ugh, this kind of thing is so depressing to see. Also, is the dog okay??

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    • halfeatenmind March 8, 2015 / 4:13 pm

      It is…makes you wonder. Not much was reported about the dog sadly. Presumably he/she escaped serious harm thanks to the bravery of his/her owner.

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