A DISABLED man in a mobility scooter was allegedly punched by another man — who climbed out of his mobility scooter to hit him.
The victim needed hospital treatment after suffering a black eye and small cut on his nose in the incident which happened in the middle of a busy South Devon shopping precinct.
The 53-year-old disabled man from Newton Abbot is still having treatment for damage to a tear duct since the assault.
Police are appealing for information about the incident which happened outside the main Austin's department store in Newton Abbot.
PC Stephen Perrins said: "The attack happened at about 5pm to 5.30pm so there would have been a lot of people around, especially people finishing work.
"One man on a mobility scooter was assaulted by another male who got off his mobility scooter to carry out the assault.
"It is a bit of an unusual story, and I am quite surprised that nobody called us at the time to report it happening.
"The two men were not known to each other.
"There is CCTV which shows the victim coming from the direction of Ridgway's Shoes in Bank Street towards Courtenay Street, and the other mobility scooter has gained on him.
"As it passes, our victim stops and puts some crumbs from a packet of biscuits out for the birds.
"The other man has an old-fashioned car horn which he has tooted as he goes by.
"Then when the victim caught up with him outside the main Austin's, he asked him 'What's all that about? Why are you tooting at me?' and the other chap said 'Don't you know it's illegal to feed the birds'.
"Then he got out of his mobility scooter and punched him in the face."
Police have been investigating but have so far failed to identify the attacker.
The incident happened on Wednesday, August 29, at between 5pm and 5.30pm.
If anyone can help police with any information regarding the assault they are asked to please call the Devon and Cornwall non-emergency 101 phone number and quote the crime number JN/12/2391.