72-year-old bashed over the head in robbery.

Police have launched an investigation after a pensioner was assaulted by robbers who hit him over the head.

Police attended an incident which occurred at 10.10pm whereby a 72-year-old man was driving down park Bridge Road in Ashton-under-Lyne, when he pulled over at it’s junction with Alt Road to go to the toilet.

While there he was approached from behind by two people, probably men, who threatened him, demanding cash. He handed over a small amount of money but was immediately hit over the back of the head with some kind of weapon.

He collapsed to the floor and the robbers ran off with his cash.

He was taken to Tameside General Hospital for treatment to a nasty head injury but has since been discharged and is now recovering well at home.

Detective Constable Carolyn Hargreaves, based Ashton, said: “Thankfully this pensioner is making a decent recovery, at least from the physical wounds.

“He was attacked as he got out of his car at a wooded area, just off the road. I know this spot is popular with local people so I would ask if anyone saw what happened to contact the police.

“I would also like to appeal to anyone else who has been attacked at, or nearby, this location, to speak to the police in confidence. Our priority is to catch violent criminals and to make all parts of Ashton safe for residents.

“So, if anyone has any information that can help, then please call us on 0161 856 9350 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”