A man was left with his skull exposed after a brutal assault during a van robbery in Stoneleigh last week.

Surrey Police announced a public appeal yesterday (September 25) for information about the incident, which took place on Saturday (September 21).

The vicious assault happened as thieves were caught stealing tools from the parked van of the victim, a man in his 30s, police said.

A police spokesperson revealed that the incident happened around 10am on Ardrossan Gardens in Stoneleigh.

The victim was returning to his parked van on the road in question when he notices its doors open, and another white van parked nearby whose driver immediately starting moving off after he was spotted.

When the victim checked the back of his own van, he encountered a stranger inside the vehicle, holding one of his toolboxes.

Police described what happened next:

"The second suspect then thrust the toolbox into the victim hitting him in the head and causing the victim to fall to the floor.

"The suspect then got into the already moving van on the other side of the road, which then drove off at speed down Ardrossan Gardens, Stoneleigh Park Road and onto the Ewell Bypass."

Police described the suspects as:

  • Man in his early 30’s, Eastern European with tanned white skin, slim build, messy short black hair, 5ft 8in tall and wearing scruffy builders clothes.
  • The second man is described as Eastern European with tanned white skin, medium build, early 30's, around 6ft tall, messy scruffy cropped black hair.

Detective Constable Paul Knivett, who is investigating the incident, said: "This would appear to be an opportunistic theft of tools from the victim's van in broad daylight.

"When the suspects were disturbed, one of them has used violence to make his escape leaving the victim with a nasty head wound which will cause a lasting scar.

"The suspects left in a white transit van driven at speed along Ardrossan Gardens, Stoneleigh Park Road and onto the Ewell Bypass. I would like to hear from anyone that might have got a look at the men in the van or observed the van."

Any witnesses are asked to call 101 quoting PR/45190100030.

Alternatively, you can use the police's online reporting system https://www.surrey.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/ and enter the reference number in the ‘Incident Details’ section.

You can also give information, 100 per cent anonymously, to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111; or through their anonymous online form: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/