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Blind man assaulted walking home

March 1, 2013, 4:19 pm

A blind man was assaulted as he walked home in Taunton earlier this week.

The incident occurred shortly after 1pm on Tuesday February 26. The victim, who is in his 30s, was walking along South Road when he was approached by a male and female on the corner with Holway Avenue. He was pushed twice in the chest and then ran down Holway Avenue where he believes he knocked into someone.

While running away the victim stopped to be sick through fear as a result of the assault.

The victim has only 2% vision and the only description of his attackers is that they were male and female.

An investigation is underway and we would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident, saw two people acting suspiciously in the area at the time or knows the people responsible.

PC Nicholas Cooke, who is investigating the incident, said: “This was an attack on a man who clearly had sight problems and was not able to defend himself. He was pushed twice in the chest but it must have been a frightful experience as he had no idea what was coming next. The victim ran away and bumped into someone as he went. I am particularly keen to speak to that person.

“I ask the two people involved to examine their conscience and contact the police to help our investigation. I am determined to pursue all the lines of enquiry available to me to identify those people and bring them to justice.”

If you have information which might help us please contact PC Nicholas Cooke on 101. Alternatively, phone the independent charity Crimestoppers on0800 555111. They never ask your name or trace your call.

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