We are investigating after a man and a woman, both aged 37, were assaulted by three men in Waterlooville.
The victims confronted the men after a Ford Transit van had been broken into on Wincanton Way at some point between 9 and 9:15pm on Thursday 7 February.
The man was hit over the head, possibly with a crowbar, and is being treated at Southampton General Hospital for a serious head injury. His condition is described as serious, but stable.
The woman was punched in the face and was left with minor injuries.
The three men drove off in a small car, which had the boot open. One of the men was in the boot when they drove away.
Two of the men who assaulted the victims are described as:
- Thin build,
- The first man was wearing a grey hooded top and had his face covered by a scarf. He was also wearing a baseball cap under the hooded top.
- The second man was driving the car the men left in. He was 5ft 8ins tall, aged in his late teens, and was wearing a grey hooded top over a baseball cap and had his face covered.
Chief Inspector Alex Reading said :”We are carrying out detailed enquiries into this serious assault, which is a very rare incident in this area. The Neighbourhood Policing Team will be regularly patrolling and speaking to residents.
“Anyone with concerns can speak to detectives conducting enquiries in the area or uniformed members of our Neighbourhood Policing Team.
“We are keen to hear from anyone with CCTV which may help us to identify the three men, or anyone who was in the area at around 9pm, who saw what happened. The car the men drove away in had the boot open and they may have stopped to close it. Did you see this?”
If you saw the men or have any information please call 101 quoting reference 44190046666.
Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting the same reference