Kidney punctured in street attack

A TEENAGER has been left with a hole in his kidney, a black eye and a split lip today after two men attacked him in an Ipswich street.The 19-year-old was walking in Princes Street when two men jumped him from behind, pushed him to the floor and kicked and punching him.

A TEENAGER has been left with a hole in his kidney, a black eye and a split lip today after two men attacked him in an Ipswich street.

The 19-year-old was walking in Princes Street when two men jumped him from behind, pushed him to the floor and kicked and punching him.

The teenager managed to call emergency services to the scene but then passed out, waking in hospital in severe pain.

Today the teenager, who did not wish to be named, said he might never go out in the town centre again.


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His was one of two unprovoked attacks reported to police last weekend in which young men suffered serious injuries.

As reported in yesterday's Evening Star 32-year-old Lee Brunning was walking home along Foxhall Road on Friday evening when he was punched to the face and his jaw broken in half.

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It is not thought that the incidents are linked but a spokeswoman for Ipswich police said there had been a spate of similar incidents in recent weeks.

The victim of the Princes Street attack, who lives in the town centre, said: “I got kicked and punched several times in the face and ribs and I was very scared.

“When I came to in hospital I was in a lot of pain and I had bruising to my eye, a split lip, bruised ribs and a tiny hole in my kidney from being kicked.

“This will certainly affect me going into town - I don't think I will go into town anymore. I'm still scared and I want to know why they did this. What was the point? What did they get out if it?”

The bar worker had been out celebrating his sister's new job at Zest when the attack happened at about 2.15am on Sunday .

He was making his way home alone when his attackers pounced.

Police were today preparing to view CCTV footage to see if they could identify the attackers who have been described as white males.

Anyone with information should call Pc Alisa Newman at Ipswich police on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Weblink: www.suffolk.police.uk.

Have you been the victim of a random attack? Write to: Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail: eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

CHIEF Superindentent John Fletcher of Suffolk police today urged people not to be afraid as violent incidents like this are still rare in Suffolk.

He said: “We must put these in context: they are isolated incidents but we don't want to undermine how serious they are. We would advise people to take reasonable safety precautions and stick together with their friends. They should let people know where they are going and where practical use main routes.

“If anyone sees anyone behaving suspiciously they should use their mobile phone and call 999. We will attend as soon as we can and deal with their suspicions.

“We want to reassure people that this is not likely to happen to them. These incidents are rare but serious.”

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