Shortly before 11:00am on 23 February, the victim – a 79-year-old man – had just got out of a car in Midfield Way in Orpington. He was approached by a man who had exited a white Seat Leon car. The man then punched the victim twice in the head before getting back into the car and driving away.
The victim was taken to hospital where he was treated for significant head injuries including a fractured jaw and a broken nose. He has since been discharged.
A 40-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of GBH and has been bailed pending further enquiries to a date in mid-March.
Detective Constable Mike Shrivell from the South Area CID said: “This was a shocking and violent attack on an elderly man who had just come from a funeral.
“It appears the Seat Leon had been parked at Kemnal Park crematorium in Chislehurst and followed the victim’s car to Midfield Way where the assault took place.
“I am appealing to anyone who witnessed this assault, or who can recall seeing this car being driven between the crematorium and Midfield Way to contact police.
“This was a cowardly assault and the person responsible needs to be held accountable.”
Anyone who can assist the investigation is asked to contact police on 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote CAD2353/23Feb.