Appeal after ‘vicious’ attack on man, 64

Police have described a daylight attack on a man in Hawick as vicious and have appealed for help in tracing the suspect.

It happened around 11.30am on Sunday when a 64-year-old was assaulted in Wilton Park Road near to the Walled Gardens.

The victim sustained facial and head injuries, and was treated by paramedics.

Police say the man they are hunting is white, aged between 30 and 40 years, and was wearing a dark boiler suit. He was spotted driving a red forklift.

Constable Bruce Dodds said: “This was a vicious attack that has left the victim badly shaken. It happened in broad daylight and we believe there must have been several witnesses.

“We are eager to speak to anyone who may have seen the assault. We are also keen to speak to a female driver who was parked nearby.”

Police say that at the time of the attack there would have been a number of vehicles in the area.