Pensioner assaulted in Bonnybridge after being asked for cigarette

The victim was sitting on a wall near to the Kismet takeaway in Bonnybridge Main Street. Picture: Michael Gillen
The victim was sitting on a wall near to the Kismet takeaway in Bonnybridge Main Street. Picture: Michael Gillen

A 67-year-old was viciously attacked in a busy village main street after he ignored a man shouting for a cigarette.

The incident took place sometime between 9 p.m. and 9.30 p.m. on Sunday, March 8, near the Kismet takeaway in Bonnybridge High Street.

This was a vicious attack that was completely unprovoked

Inspector John Kellett

The victim had been sitting on a wall with his wife when another man shouted at them from across the road requesting a cigarette.

When he failed to get a response he became agitated and began to shout abuse at the couple.

He then approached the victim and assaulted him leaving the man with cuts to his head and bruising to his body.

After the attack a passer-by helped the injured man to his feet and into a taxi, which took the couple home. The man was then transferred by ambulance to the Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert where he has since been discharged.

The attacker is described as white, around 6ft tall with short brown hair and with a muscular build.

Police are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the assault or knows the identity of the attacker.

Inspector John Kellett said: “This was a vicious attack that was completely unprovoked.

“We are currently following a positive line of enquiry but we want to hear from anyone who was in the area at around the time of this incident or who may have witnessed the events unfold.

“I would ask anyone who can assist with our enquiries to contact police immediately on 101 or, alternatively the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”