POLICE are searching for four men after an elderly Sikh man was assaulted in Leicester.
The 55-year-old victim was repeatedly kicked as he lay on the ground and had his turban knocked off during the attack on Christmas Day, police said.
The victim was walking through the Braunstone Estate at about 5.15 when he was subjected to verbal abuse by a group of men.
The victim was then assaulted by one of the men who hit him on the head knocking his turban off. The suspect then struck the victim in the head with what is believed to be some form of metal pole. The other men repeatedly kicked him whilst he lay on the ground. The victim was also threatened with what may have been a knife during the incident.
The victim described the suspects as a white man, approximately 6’1″ tall and of slim build, wearing a dark coloured coat and dark coloured trousers; a white man, approximately 4’2″ tall of muscular build albeit quite chubby, wearing a short brown jacket with big buttons on it; a dark skinned man, 5’4″ to 5’5″ tall of medium build wearing a knee-length black coat and a white man 5’4″ to 5’5″, of medium build wearing a black coat which came to just above the knee. All four men wore balaclavas
Investigating officer, PC Louise Rooke, said: “The victim spent a week in hospital with a head injury and bruising to his body as a result of this attack. We were able to take a full statement from him for the first time over the weekend when he was able to give us good description of his attackers and tell us exactly what happened.
“This was a vicious attack and the victim is understandably very distressed by the incident. He told us that he had always lived peacefully on the estate but is frightened by what these men did to him.
“It is vitally important that we identify and trace the suspects. If you were in the area and remember seeing men fitting this description or have any information about who they are I urge you to get in touch with us.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact PC 4478 Louise Rooke on Leicester (0116) 222 2222, follow the instructions to leave a message for a police officer and when prompted key in the officer’s identification number 4478. Alternatively, people can contact Crimestoppers, which is free* and anonymous on 0800 555 111.