A Good Samaritan pensioner who was tidying bins in Reading was attacked and thrown to the floor when he accidentally got dirt on a group of young people.

The 72-year-old man was voluntarily tidying a communal bin area in West Fryerne, off Parkside Road, at around 2.30pm on Thursday (March 11).

The pensioner said that while he was tidying the area, he inadvertently got dirt on the trousers of one of the group, which led to them becoming angry.

A male in the group grabbed the pensioner and threw him to the floor, hitting his head.

Another male in the group then kicked him in the stomach and head.

He suffered head injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment.

The first male was white, aged in his late teens to early twenties and about 6ft 1ins tall.

He had very short brown hair on the sides which was slightly longer on top and was clean shaven.

He had a square face and jawline with eyes set apart, and was wearing a black waist length quilted jacket and dark sports trousers.

The second offender is a white male, aged in his mid-teens, tall with a slim build. He was wearing a black hooded top with the hood up and a black baseball cap. He was also wearing black sports bottoms.

The third member of the group is a white female, aged in her mid-teens.

She was wearing a three quarter lengths silver coat with a fur hood. She has shoulder length hair which light brown or blonde.

Investigating officer, PC Samuel Rice, based at Reading police station, said: “This was a violent and unprovoked incident which resulted in a 72-year-old man needing hospital treatment.

“We would like to speak to anyone who lives in the area and may have seen anyone matching the descriptions of these offenders.

“We would also like ask local shops and residents along Tilehurst Road between Parkside Road and Russell Street to check CCTV between the hours of 2.30pm and 3.30pm on Thursday.

“We would also ask that any drivers with dash cams check their footage if they were in the same area at the time.”

If you have any information which you think could be relevant, call the Thames Valley Police non-emergency number on 101, or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Alternatively, you can make a report online.