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New setback for brave teenager

PUBLISHED: 08:00 16 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:31 03 March 2010

A TEENAGER is today recovering from serious facial injuries after being glassed in a frightening scuffle in a seafront nightclub.

Ben Jones was celebrating a friend's 18th birthday in Felixstowe's Central Park night-spot when he was attacked by another clubber.

A TEENAGER is today recovering from serious facial injuries after being glassed in a frightening scuffle in a seafront nightclub.

Ben Jones was celebrating a friend's 18th birthday in Felixstowe's Central Park night-spot when he was attacked by another clubber.

He was struck in the face with a broken glass by the reveller – and had to be rushed to hospital where he needed 17 stitches to the bleeding and awful wound.

It came just a few weeks after Ben, 18, of High Road, Trimley St Mary, had been knocked down by a motorbike in an horrific accident and had ended up in intensive care.

Police have appealed for witnesses to the latest incident, in which Ben was left with a nasty gash in his cheek.

He went with a group of friends to the nightclub in Sea Road as part of the birthday celebrations.

"I don't really know what happened. I think there had been a bit of a scuffle going on and then I was walking past and I got hit with a bottle or a glass," said Ben.

"I had a gash in my face and had to go to hospital. You could say I am not having the best of luck at the moment."

Staff escorted Ben from the nightclub while an ambulance was called.

His brother Luke, 20, was also at the venue with a different group of friends and checked to see how his brother was and accompany him while the emergency services arrived.

A police spokeswoman said today that a 19-year-old man had been arrested in connection with the incident, questioned and released on police bail until September 19.

Officers were appealing for anyone who saw the incident, which happened in the club between 12.15am and 12.30am last Sunday, or has information to contact Det Con David Scarfe on 01473 613500.

Back in July, Ben, who has just started a course at Suffolk College towards his dream of becoming a PE teacher, was crossing Grange Farm Avenue, Felixstowe, with a group of friends when he was struck by a motorcycle.

He was dragged yards along the road and suffered terrible internal injuries and was lucky to be alive.

He suffered bleeding in his abdomen and a ruptured bowel – two large tears in it and one smaller one – and a cut to his elbow which needed stitches. There was bruising all over him.

He had to undergo a three-hour emergency operation and spent 24 hours fighting for his life in intensive care, with his mum and dad Juli and Dai Jones keeping vigil by his bedside, and then a further week in hospital.

He has now fully recovered but has been left with a spectacular scar on his chest and stomach from the operation.

Ben, who has brothers, Luke, 20, and Andrew, 17 and a ten-year-old sister Rosie, had at the time only just recovered from a serious knee injury when he tore ligaments soon after passing his driving test.

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