A 57-year-old man has been left with broken ribs after being attacked by two men wearing hoodies.

The victim fought off his two attackers who fled the scene empty-handed.

However, he sustained broken ribs following the assault at around 11.20pm on Saturday, February 8.

He had been walking next to the Course Park Crescent play area, near Primate Road in Park Gate when he was assaulted.

Both attackers were described as white, aged in their 20s, and around 5ft 8ins tall.

They were both wearing dark-coloured hooded tops.

One of the men may have sustained facial injuries because of the victim defending himself.

A police spokesperson said: "We’re appealing for witnesses to a robbery attempt that took place in Titchfield Common on the weekend."

"Did you see anyone matching this description in the area around this time, or anyone acting suspiciously near the play park?

"Perhaps you saw someone with a facial injury in the area or someone you know came home late that night with unexplained facial injuries?

"Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting 44200049874.

"Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their anonymous online form at crimestoppers-uk.org"

Police are urging people to be vigilant when walking at night and to stick to well-lit areas if possible.

Fareham Inspector Richard Thompson added: “We appreciate that this is very concerning for the community, but please be reassured that incidents of this nature are not common in this area.

“Officers will be following up enquiries in the area. In the meantime, please report any suspicious activity to us, and continue to be vigilant and look after one another when out walking at night.”