A spate of garage break-ins and a violent assaulted marked a crime-ridden three-day period in Chertsey in the last few days.

A man was assaulted and thankfully spared injury due to the intervention of passers-by outside an Aldi supermarket in town on Saturday (February 13).

Two days later on Monday (February 15), police said a series of break-ins hit garages in Chertsey, and launched a public information appeal.

Regarding the assault, a spokesperson for Surrey Police who are investigating said that it happened in broad daylight outside the Aldi store on Gogmore Lane.

"The victim was walking to his car when he was approached by the suspect at around 1.55pm.

After a verbal altercation the suspect assaulted him. Fortunately members of the public intervened and the suspect fled the scene.

"The victim was left shaken but did not sustain any serious injuries," the police statement read.

They described the suspect as "male, white, around 55 years, around 5ft 8 tall, with a large build and a pale complexion" with "medium length grey hair, and was wearing a grey coat, with a gold chain around his neck."

"He was seen driving a small dark grey hatchback car."

Police are appealing for information about the assault and urge correspondence with them on 101 or via the Surrey Police website, quoting PR/ 45210015279.

The break-ins, apparently unrelated, meanwhile happened days later in a number of garages around Hazelbank Close in Chertsey.

On Monday night, around 9.15pm, police responded after a resident called them realising their garage had been broken into, though nothing appeared to be stolen.

"On arrival, officers noticed that a number of other garages had also been broken into, although it appears at this stage nothing has been taken," Surrey Police said.

"Two suspects were seen by a witness fleeing the scene, one on a bicycle. They are described as two men, of slim build and wearing dark hooded tops," they added.

Said Investigating Officer PC Anthony Cabot: "Burglary is a concern for most of us and it will absolutely not be tolerated in Surrey.

"We are appealing to anyone who may have been in the area or seen anything suspicious, to get in touch with us.

"We would also like to speak to anyone who was driving in the vicinity of Hazelbank Close at around 9.15pm on 15 February who may have dashcam footage."

Quote PR/45210016084 if contacting police about that incident.