Gorleston youth assaults man in wheelchair

POLICE are appealing for information after a youth assaulted a disabled man in Gorleston.

The man in his 40s, who was using a wheelchair, had just got off a bus in Magdalen Square at around 7pm Thursday, March 29, when he was approached by a male youth who came over from the play area.

He asked for a light, and when the man held up his lighter the youth snatched it away and slapped him on the head before running off towards Hertford Way.

The youth is described as white, between 5ft 6ins and 5ft 8ins tall, of slim build and was wearing dark blue jeans, a black long-sleeved top and a dark-coloured baseball cap with white writing on the front.

The lighter is a bronze Zippo Jack Daniels lighter, which had been given to the victim as a present. He has been left shaken and upset by this incident.

Officers want to speak to anyone who may have witnessed this incident, particularly passengers on the X1 bus, one of which ran after the offender, or anyone with information about the assault.

Calls should be made to PC Eleanor Cantillon at Gorleston Police Station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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