April 19 2014 Latest news:
Monday, December 23, 2013
Thugs repeatedly kicked a young man in the head as he lay unconscious on the floor having returned home from university for Christmas.
The 21-year-old from north Essex was attacked outside Subway in Queen Street, Colchester between 3-3.30am on Saturday.
He was initially punched having tried to intervene in a dispute, and the gang of attackers continued their assault while he was knocked out on the ground.
Investigating officer DDC Seff Manesh said: “This young man had been out with his friends after returning home from university for the Christmas holiday.
“We are aware of a disturbance involving a large number of young men and are examining CCTV to establish what happened and who was involved.
“This student has sustained some very nasty-looking injuries which will affect him for the foreseeable future. We’re looking to speak with those bystanders who saw what happened and what started the melee.”
The half a dozen or so attackers are described as black and in their late teens and early 20s.
The victim was taken to Colchester General Hospital by paramedics, with police only contacted on Saturday afternoon.
At hospital, he was given initial treatment for a series of facial fractures and will be seeing a specialist surgeon in the county later this week.
Anyone with information should contact detectives at Colchester Police Station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.