Man of 64 has jaw broken in random Nickey Line bridge attack

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A 64-year-old man who was punched in a random attack in Hemel Hempstead may need surgery for his injuries.

The victim was making his way home from Fletcher Way on Thursday at around 5.15pm before walking on to the bridge above the Nickey Line, where the assault took place.

The man reported seeing a black, 5ft 11in male, aged between 20 and 25 and of athletic build, with a white woman of slim build with dark hair. The man, who had short, shaven hair, wore a dark grey suit while the woman had on black leggings and a long black top.

The woman spoke to the victim, who had stopped to light a cigarette, as she passed but he could not understand her. The man then shouted at the victim, causing him to turn around, and punched him in the face.

The 64 year old suffered a broken jaw, which may need surgery, as well as a fractured eye socket, cut lip and bruising to his face and hand.

PC Leah Barnby, investigating, said: “This was a despicable assault on a man of retirement age who was defenceless as he made his way home. It has resulted in him sustaining serious injuries which may require surgery.

“I am appealing to anyone who may have seen this man and woman around the Nickey Line area prior to, or after the incident, or who may know who they are to get in touch with police as a matter of urgency.”

Call PC Barnby on 101 quoting crime reference number D1/13/3598 with information.