A DISABLED driver sounded his horn to alert two teen cyclists to an oncoming car – but was then punched and kicked to the ground by the lads who mistook his gesture as an act of aggression.
The 57-year-old – a cancer sufferer who’s registered disabled – was driving his silver Peugeot 307 along Green Lane, Castle Bromwich, just before 7pm on May 9 when he spotted the bikes weaving across the road.
Fearing they hadn’t spotted an approaching car he tooted his horn.
However, the youths then turned on the motorist, shoving him to the floor and then lashing out with a flurry of kicks and punches.
The man suffered bruising and swelling to his head, a black eye, cut mouth and back injuries as a result of the assault.
Investigating officer PC Ashley Crowley, said: “On hearing the car horn one of the lads jumped off his bike and caused the victim to break sharply.
“He stepped out of his car using his walking stick but despite saying ‘I’m disabled I don’t want any trouble’ he was punched to the head. The two youths continued to assault him whilst he lay on the floor.
“They eventually cycled off down West Avenue, which runs parallel with Green Lane, whilst shouting abuse at the man as he lay in the road.
“It was a disgraceful attack on a defenceless man and someone who had already identified himself to his assailants as disabled.”
Solihull Police have arrested a 16-year-old lad in connection with the incident; he has been questioned and released on bail while enquiries continue. As part of his bail conditions he is forbidden to enter Castle Bromwich or Smiths Wood.
The offenders – one white and one mixed-race – are described as being aged 16- or 17-years-old.
The white youth is around 5ft 8ins tall and was wearing a baggy hooded top, jogging bottoms, and riding a mountain bike. The mixed race youth was slightly shorter, slim build, and was riding a yellow mountain bike.
PC Crowley, added: “The victim pulled up on Green Lane between Tomlinson Road and Hurst Lane – he was helped to his feet following the assault by a local resident.
“I understand there were a lot of people in the area at the time, plus vehicles passing by, and I’d encourage any witnesses to contact police. The yellow mountain bike is particularly noticeable; I’d like to hear from anyone who knows a youth matching the description that has access to a yellow bicycle.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Ashley Crowley at Solihull CID on 0345 113 5000 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.