A police investigation has been launched after a 61-year-old man was robbed by a group of eight people on quad bikes.
The man and his wife were walking along the fields at the back of Quarry Field Lane, Wickersley, at about 3.30pm on Tuesday afternoon, when a group of about eight men riding off-road quad bikes approached them.
Acting Detective Sergeant Richard Gladwin, said: “We believe two members of the group demanded that the man hand over his mobile phone. When he refused to, it is said that the group assaulted him, kicking him repeatedly before taking his phone.
“The victim was taken to hospital with suspected broken ribs and a punctured lung. He currently remains in hospital in a stable condition.
“This was an extremely nasty assault and I’d like to ask anyone who was in the area at the time and who saw what happened to contact us.
“An investigation is now underway to identify those involved and a thorough review of CCTV footage of the area is already underway.
“Did you see a group of men riding off-road bikes in the area yesterday afternoon? If you can help, please call 101 quoting incident number 778 of 25 October.”
Information can also be given to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.