Police say there is nothing to suggest a link to a previous incident which saw an elderly man torched in street

A pensioner was attacked by three men as he walked home from a mosque in Kings Heath. The victim, aged 73, was walking along York Road, when three men got out of a black vehicle which was parked on the street.

One kicked him hard in the back, causing him to fall and hit his head on a display board. The gang then fled.

The victim was taken to hospital with a broken hand and cuts to his face. Videos are circulating of the assault which show the man with blood streaming down his face.

West Midlands Police stressed that last night’s attack was not linked to the events in Shenstone Road, Edgbaston, on March 20, where a Muslim man was set alight after returning from a mosque.

Sgt Chris Gallon, of Moseley and Kings Heath police, said: “This was an appalling attack on a member of the public who was heading home.

“We’ll be taking a full statement from the victim, who remains in hospital today, and we’ve already got officers in the area this morning recovering CCTV and carrying out house-to-house enquiries we are working hard to identify the attackers and the car that they were in.

“We’ll also have extra officers in the area for reassurance, and it’s important that anyone with concerns comes to speak to us.

“At this stage the motive for the attack is not clear, but there is nothing to suggest any connection at all to the recent attack on a man who was walking home from a mosque in Edgbaston.”

The attackers were described as two white men and one black man, all aged between 18 and 30. All were wearing tracksuits. Anyone with information has been asked to get in touch via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk, quoting log 5182 of March 29.