A FUNDRAISING page has been set up for a pensioner who was left temporarily visually-impaired after being attacked on his way back from the supermarket.

Earlier today The Gazette reported how a 77-year-old man was knocked to the ground by four teenagers who stole his shopping.

The victim was walking home from Lidl in South Ham on Saturday when he was approached by the youths on bikes.

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.

Now a Basingstoke woman has set up a campaign to pay for the man's shopping and a taxi home. Beverley, said she was motivated to help after hearing the news.

Once she reaches the target, she said she will get in touch with Hampshire Police to pass the donations on.

She wrote: "This is a fund-raising page to help the elderly gentleman who was cruelly robbed of his shopping in Basingstoke, he was then left on the ground with injuries before being taken to hospital....I hope we reach the target of £200 so he can go shopping again and get a taxi home! Please donate what you can for this gent xxxx."

At the time of writing, the campaign had already exceeded £100. 

To donate, you can visit the fundraising page: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/beverley-jayne?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=socpledgedesktop&utm_content=beverley-jayne&utm_campaign=post-pledge-desktop&utm_term=85RWnYqKw&fbclid=IwAR1mO8AFVEcBvrgIfOZlnzUNh1FwXIg3IOZP76_IuD0LCrxQkxERVlKOsbI

Earlier today, 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.