Man, 69, hospitalised with serious head and facial injuries after suspected assault

A 69-year-old man was hospitalised after he was found unresponsive by a member of the public with “serious head and facial injuries” on Sunday afternoon.

The man was found at around 5pm outside the Moon Under Water pub in London Road, Croydon. He had been running errands and only remembers waking up in hospital. He does not know what happened to him.

Police are appealing to the public to find out how the man sustained his injuries, which they believe are “too serious” to have been caused by a fall.

The man was wearing a black jacket with red zips, light coloured blue denim jeans, black trainers and a dark coloured beanie.

Officers have visited businesses and addresses in the area in an effort to identify witnesses and gather CCTV. Nothing obtained so far shows what happened to the man.

The victim has since been released from hospital and his family are aware of the incident, the Met said.

Detective Constable Leanne Ticehurst said: “The man had been out running errands and simply remembers walking down London Road and then waking up in hospital. He doesn’t know what happened to him.

“We think his injuries are too serious to have been caused by a fall, and that he may have been assaulted.

“London Road was very busy at the time, and it’s possible that people might have captured dash cam or doorbell footage that could help police establish what happened to him.

“If you have information or material that can help us, please call 101 or post @MetCC ref CAD 4600/7 Jan.”

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