Elderly man kicked to the ground while food shopping in Eastwood
Horrifying CCTV footage has revealed the moment an elderly man was kicked in the legs and dashed to the ground as he was doing his shopping in an Eastwood store.
In the video, a man, wearing a grey hoodie, black tracksuit bottoms and a black mask can be seen walking into Morrisons, Eastwood.
As he headed over to the entrance, he approached an elderly man collecting a basket and kicked him in the legs.
The victim was knocked off his feet and fell heavily to the ground, and a number of employees and shoppers who saw the incident checked to see if the man was okay.
Following the brief, but frightening, ordeal, the man in the grey hoodie walked out of the entrance and into the main part of the shop.
The incident took place at 2.40pm on Monday, March 29, and less than a minute later, he was seen leaving the supermarket.
PCSO Peter Keeley, who is investigating the incident, said: "We received a report that a man had been kicked and knocked on to the floor, and upon visiting the supermarket we were able to review this quite shocking CCTV footage.
"The elderly man was simply going about his food shop and to have this happen to him is absolutely unacceptable.
"We're dedicated to listening to our communities, responding to reports and concerns and acting upon information we receive, and we would reassure people that officers will investigate wherever such a report is made and our enquiries into this incident are ongoing.
"We're keen to identify the man in grey and would urge anyone who recognises him or anyone who saw the incident to get in touch.”
The incident generated a buzz on social media, with many people expressing horror at the attack and concern for the elderly man.
Karen Beer commented: ‘This is disgusting. I hope he’s caught and they throw the book at him.’
Gem Ashby said: ‘I'm so confused and can't comprehend how or why you would do that to someone else.’
Kim Gillard added: ‘I hope the gentleman is ok.’
When asked about the incident, a spokesperson from Eastwood Morrisons simply said: “We're helping the police with their inquiry.”
Anyone with any information is urged to contact police on 101, quoting incident 483 of April 1.