A PENSIONER was knocked to the ground after being attacked by four teenagers on his way back from the supermarket. 

The 77-year-old victim was returning home from Lidl in South Ham with his shopping on Saturday when he was approached by four teenagers wearing hoodies. 

The group, aged between 14 and 18, cycled towards the man before knocking him to the ground.

They stole his shopping and left him laying on the floor in pain. 

The shocking incident took place at 8.15pm in West Ham Close. 

The victim was left with bruising to the left side of his face which resulted in him not being able to see out of his left eye due to the swelling for two days.

He also sustained bruising to his arms and hip. He was taken to hospital for treatment but has since been discharged.

Neighbourhood inspector Richard Lane said: “Whilst this type of incident is extremely rare, this was an appalling assault on an elderly and vulnerable man.

“We would appeal to anyone who was in the vicinity between 8.15pm and 9pm on Saturday, September 14 and who may have seen a group of four males on bikes in the area.”

If anyone saw the incident or has any information they are asked to contact the police on 101 quoting 44190330676.