Paralympics - Thugs attack Paralympic hopeful as he walks guide dog

A Paralympic hopeful has been viciously beaten up by thugs as he walked his guide dog.

Cyclist Richard Twose, who hopes to compete at the Rio Games in 2016, was pushed and kicked near his home in Fareham, Hampshire.

The partially-blind 35-year-old and his dog Bates were both injured in the unprovoked attack.

Mr Twose told The News: "I decided to take (Bates) out for walk. That’s when I heard him yelp in pain. I turned around and a split second later I was pushed into the fence and kicked in the stomach.

"I was lying on the floor trying to protect myself.I could just make out feet kicking me. I couldn’t tell how many there were, but there was definitely more than one person."

Twose, who has won 13 medals in the World Transplant Games, suffered a bruised pancreas and has been told to stop training until the New Year. The injury also affects his work as a personal trainer.

His dog is spending the weekend with carers as he recovers from the incident.

Mr Twose added: "My back hurts, my stomach hurts and my hips hurt. I’m normally a confident person. This has knocked my confidence. I won’t go out again after dark.

"It’s knocked Bates too. He was needy yesterday. Me and Bates together are strong, but without each other, I don’t know.

"I just hope he is going to be okay."