Detective Constable Peter Russell, from Newport CID, said: “We believe both these attacks were carried out by the same group of men and happened within minutes of each other.
“We have already spoken to a number of people but are keen to hear from anyone who may have been in the area last night and saw or heard anything that can help us with our investigation.
“Incidents like this don’t happen often on the Isle of Wight but I’d like to remind people to be vigilant when out walking and be aware of their surroundings.”
Anyone with any information should contact Det Con Russell at Newport police station on 101 or the Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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It happened while he was crossing Naseby Road just before 4pm on Wednesday 13th December. The driver of the car was not injured.
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