Were you in the Worcester Park area of Epsom yesterday evening?
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If so, you might be able to help us.
Surrey Police is currently investigating the report of a serious assault which occurred in Elmstead Gardens in Epsom yesterday evening (Thursday, 13 October) at around 8:20pm.
The victim, a man in his 70s, was taking rubbish to his wheelie-bin when he disturbed three men believed to be tampering with his vehicle that was parked parked in front of his driveway. He confronted the suspects and was attacked, sustaining head injuries including a bleed on the brain. He is currently receiving treatment in hospital, but his injuries are not believed to be life threatening.
The suspects, who are described as three men wearing balaclavas, then ran off in the direction of Inveresk Gardens.
We are appealing to anyone who was in the area and may have witnessed anything or have any dashcam or CCTV footage to contact us to assist us with this investigation.
Borough Commander for Epsom and Ewell, Jon Vale said: “We know that this incident will be concerning for local residents, and we are doing all we can to catch those responsible. We responded immediately and the investigation into the incident continues at full pace today with officers carrying out detailed enquiries.
“Catalytic converter thieves are often prepared to use violence and intimidation to deter members of the public from challenging them. We encourage anyone who thinks they are witnessing a theft in action to stay back in a safe place and call us immediately on 999.”
If you have any information, please contact us quoting PR/ 45220110263:
If you do not wish to leave your name, you can also call independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Spot the signs of catalytic converter thefts:
LOOK – cars are often (but not always) jacked up on their sides using a trolley jack
LISTEN – for the sound of drilling or cutting from underneath the vehicle
If you see or hear something suspicious that could be catalytic converter theft, make sure you’re a safe distance from the suspects and call 999. Give us as many details as possible about the suspects and their getaway vehicle. This will help officers track them if they leave before they can arrive.