An elderly man was punched and kicked in the head in an unprovoked attack that left him needing hospital treatment.
Seventy-five-year-old Derek Brailsford said he now felt “frightened of walking alone” after being punched, knocked to the floor and kicked in the head five times by a young man on an electric scooter.
Officers are now appealing for witnesses and information following the incident along the River Leen towpath in Bulwell, between Deptford Road Bridge and Charles Close, at around 11.50am on Saturday.
Mr Brailsford said: “I wish this wouldn’t have happened. I realise that this could have been worse, but I am very upset with the violent nature of this unprovoked attack.
“My life has been completely affected by this attack. I am usually very active and independent, however I am frightened of walking alone on a pathway now as I feel that this could happen to me again.
“I feel that I may be unable to return fully to my running which I loved prior to hurting my back and this attack. I am scared that this person may find me and hurt me again. I have young grandchildren who I cannot go and see right now, as I believe that the way my face looks would scare them. This causes me to feel very isolated.
“Hopefully we can find the person responsible. I would also like to thank the kind people who stopped and helped me.”
Police Constable Adam Scotney is leading the investigation. He said: “Mr Brailsford was approached by a man and told to move. When he challenged the person, he was punched and knocked to the floor. He was then kicked a further five times to the head causing serious injuries.
“The victim is now in quite a bit of pain and is struggling to see out of one of his eyes. This is a completely unprovoked attack with an unknown offender.
“The scooter has been described as like a child’s toy but faster.
“This was a horrible incident in broad daylight and we hope to track down the offender by releasing these details.
“The description given to us is a black or mixed race man, believed to be in his late teens early 20s, with a gold tooth and star tattoo down the side of his neck.
“At the time, he was wearing a black cap, black jacket and black trousers and was riding a black electric scooter. He was followed by a small brown dog.
“Officers continue to investigate local CCTV, but are asking anyone who may have seen anything suspicious at that time in the area to please call 101, quoting incident number 284 of 13 June 2020.”