Couple shaken by daylight attack in Hailsham

Waitrose,  Hailsham
Waitrose, Hailsham

THE WIFE of an ex-army sniper who was left unconscious after being attacked in Hailsham in broad daylight has told how the incident has left them both feeling shaken.

Naomi Younge said her 63-year-old husband David was assaulted after he went out to post a letter on Friday (March 9).

She said, “He saw about 10 youths pulling up plants so he crossed the road to avoid any confrontation.

“They called out to him and called him horrible names and started swearing.

“He told them not to swear and they followed him into the post office.”

She said her spouse then went up to Waitrose (above) and after coming outside he was struck on the back of the head, causing him to fall to the ground.

She added, “His ear was cut and he’s suffering double vision, headaches and hearing loss.

“He’s 6ft and an ex-army sniper who wouldn’t go down without someone hitting him really hard.

“We moved to Hailsham a year ago and have lived all over the world, including America, and never encountered anything like this.

“It has shaken us really and it feels like we don’t want to go out any more.”

She said he had gone to the post office again since the assault but had been left shaken.

The assault happened in broad daylight around 4.30pm. Police attended the scene but the group of youths had left.

Wealden District Commander Chief Inspector Dick Coates said, “This is a very serious incident that occurred.

“My officers are investigating this and have already arrested one person in relation to the incident.

“I would like to stress that this is an isolated incident and there is no reason to be unduly concerned.

“However, we will not tolerate this behaviour and we will ensure this is dealt with robustly.”

If you have any information about the incident please contact Wealden police on 101 quoting serial 1262 09/03.

CCTV from local businesses is being collected and one arrest has been made.