Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Elderly driver dragged from car in Basingstoke

An elderly man was left with a broken arm and black eyes after being dragged from his car in Hampshire.

The 72-year-old was driving to collect a takeaway in Basingstoke on Monday evening when he had to swerve to avoid three youths in Tewkesbury Road.

As he passed them he heard a bang on his car. When he pulled over, one of the youths opened his door, punched him and dragged him from the vehicle.

He was punched six more times, leaving him with deep cuts and swelling.

The offside wing mirror of the victim's Citroen Saxo was also damaged.

DC Drew Wright, of Basingstoke CID, said: "This was a disgraceful act of aggression on an elderly man, who was simply going about his business.

"His injuries are horrific and will take some time to heal.

"I'd like to reassure residents that this type of incident is incredibly rare and we are taking action to try and locate the culprits."

The three youths are described as white, aged 16 to 19 years old.

Two of them are believed to be between 5ft 2in and 5ft 3in, one of them was wearing a white jacket. The third person was slightly taller.

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