On Thursday, September 25, at around 10pm, Spartan the Springer Spaniel was out for a final walk of the day with his owner, Sheryl, and canine companion, Milo.
As the trio approached a regular part of their walk, Spartan became distracted and ran back and forth to his owner, making a puffing noise. Sheryl told us, “It was the strangest thing, Spartan kept making a puffing noise and would not walk on with me as I tried to keep going. He was running back to a darkened area and in the end I followed him. I found a man lying on the ground, clearly having been drinking. Spartan was sat by his side still making the puffing noise. I immediately contacted the police and an ambulance, and stayed with the man, talking to him and reassuring him. It wasn’t until the ambulance came that we realised he was also quite badly injured.”
Sheryl told Andover & Villages that the man’s bike was a small distance away and that she took it home for his family to collect later. She said, “I really hope he’s okay, and that this was as a result of an accident and not an attack.”
The following is an appeal from Hampshire Police:
Police are asking for information after a 60-year-old man was found injured in Andover.
On Thursday, September 25, the 60-year-old man was found in an alleyway near to the Chestnut Tree Pub in Andover with serious head injuries.
It is believed the man, who is from Andover, had been drinking in the pub during the day and had fallen and bumped his head. He left to make his way home at about 9.30pm and was then found by a member of the public at about 10pm lying in the alleyway in Gallagher’s Mead estate.
He was taken to hospital by South Central Ambulance Service and is currently being treated at Southampton General Hospital and is in a life-threatening condition.
Detective Constable Ben Lee said, “We are trying to piece together this man’s last movements. Did you see him in the pub on Thursday, September 25? Did you see him fall and hit his head? Did you see him after he left the pub?
“We’d like to hear from anyone who was in the Weyhill Road area of Andover from about 9.30pm and who may have seen something unusual or suspicious.
“There may be a very innocent explanation as to how this man sustained these injuries, but equally, he may have been assaulted. If you have any information, which could assist this investigation, please get in touch.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC Lee at Basingstoke CID on 101, or call the charity Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.