23rd Oct, 2016

Photo appeal after driver punched

Evesham Editorial 2nd Oct, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A VALE driver was punched in the face after he sounded his horn to warn a man who was walking close to the edge of the road.

The victim was behind the wheel of his vehicle about 6pm on Monday, September 22, at the Thistledown junction at The Heathers when he noticed a man near the side of the footpath.

The 53-year-old was driving past and thought the man was going to step out into the road without looking, so sounded his horn and braked to avoid a collision.

At that point the victim spoke to the man who then became agitated and punched the man in the face through the open car window. He then headed off in the direction of Celandine Way.

Police have released a photo of the man which was taken after the incident and described him as being white, tanned, about 5ft 8ins tall, mid-50s, with short grey hair and a beard.

The attacker was also wearing large black headphones, black framed sunglasses, black stain shorts and a blue short sleeved top.

PC James Wood said: “It is possible that this offender lives in the vicinity so I’m appealing for anyone to come forward who may be able to help identify this man.

“I would also like to remind the public about the dangers of wearing headphones while using the public highway. Headphones reduce the ability to sense your surroundings and could render you vulnerable to harm.”

Anyone with further information on the incident can contact police on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.