Youth arrested after man, 70, is assaulted

By The iomtoday newsdesk in Crime

A 70-year-old man has been injured after intervening in youths’ attempt to vandalise a bus shelter.

The incident happened on Derby Road in Peel at around 9.35pm on Friday evening.

One youth was arrested later that night, but police are appealing for witnesses to come forward and help them with their inquiries.

A statement released on the Western Neighbourhood Policing Team’s Facebook page this lunchtime said: ’During the incident, a group of youths have been seen punching and kicking at the shelter, and when two members of the public have tried to intervene, they have been verbally and physically assaulted, which has caused injuries to a 70-year-old man.

’One youth was arrested for the matter on the same evening, but we are appealing for witnesses to the incident, and for help in identifying the other people involved.’

The statement continued: ’We are proud that Peel is a safe place to live, work, and enjoy yourself, but are also aware that there is lately a small minority of youths who don’t share our values, and are seemingly intent on causing upset and damage to both people and the town in general.

’As part of the community, we understand the effects this group may be having, and ask that you provide us with as much help as you can in order to resolve these issues.’

Call police headquarters on 631212.