Me Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a man was seriously assaulted in Battersea after trying to protect his moped from thieves.
Police say that they were called to Charlotte Despard Avenue, SW11 at 16.32hrs on Saturday, 25 May.
On arrival, they found a 46-year-old man suffering from a head injury. London Ambulance Service attended and the man was taken to hospital where he remains in critical condition.
It is believed that he was assaulted are a group of thugs tried to steal his moped. The victim was attacked in the street by this group of males, who managed to run off before the police arrived. Luckily, the moped was not stolen. It has been recovered by police and is being examined for evidence.
One 16-year-old male was arrested near to the scene a short time later on suspicion of GBH.
The senior investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Mark Cranwell, said: “We know there were a group of young males, some on pedal cycles, who were hanging around the area prior to the incident.
“I want to hear from anyone who saw this group or who may know their identity. There is a busy Tesco store and other shops nearby in Battersea Park Road, and people will have seen these males in the area before, during and after the attempted theft of the moped and their subsequent cowardly attack.
“I want to reassure the community that there is an urgent and extremely thorough police investigation underway, and I am determined to find those responsible. I also want to reassure them that any information provided will be treated in confidence and, even if people do not wish to contact police directly, they can provide information anonymously through the charity Crimestoppers.
“I am certain that several people – probably local to the area – will know what happened and who was responsible for this attack on the victim and on their own community. I need them to come forward and share information with me.”
Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8721 4054.
Alternatively, please call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Young people can visit fearless.org where they can pass on information anonymously. Fearless is part of the Crimestoppers charity, and is also independent of the police.