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Night out ends with broken jaw

PUBLISHED: 15:00 04 December 2001 | UPDATED: 10:58 03 March 2010

AN Ipswich teenager today relived the trauma of a late night attack which left him needing major surgery for a cracked jaw bone.

The 19-year-old, who is too scared to be identified, had his jaw broken and was left temporarily unconscious in an unprovoked assault in the town's Cardinal Park during which he was kicked repeatedly in the face.

AN Ipswich teenager today relived the trauma of a late night attack which left him needing major surgery for a cracked jaw bone.

The 19-year-old, who is too scared to be identified, had his jaw broken and was left temporarily unconscious in an unprovoked assault in the town's Cardinal Park during which he was kicked repeatedly in the face.

"I'm shaken up by it and haven't been out since," said the teenager who is recovering at home after surgery to fix titanium plates in his split jaw.

"I'm getting better gradually but I'm shaken up by it all. It shook me up for the simple fact it was unprovoked."

The Evening Star has offered a £500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the thugs who set upon their victim from behind between 1.30am and 2am on Friday, November 16, in the car park outside Hi Life Fitness Club in Cardinal Park.

"All I can remember is getting attacked from behind and falling on the floor and getting kicked. They came from behind, I turned around and got a smack around the face," the teenager – who is having a year out before going to University - said.

"I got booted in the mouth with full pelt which broke my jaw. It was a clean break straight through. I was curled up in a ball trying to protect my head.

"I shouted for them to stop and pretty much afterwards they did but then one of them came back and had another go. My shirt buttons were ripped and I had blood on my jacket."

The victim told how he managed to run home and woke the next day unable to speak or move his mouth. He was taken to hospital where he was operated on and stayed for two days, unable to eat solid food until four days after the attack.

"I was on morphine afterwards because the pain was so bad," he said. "I've got two titanium plates to keep my jaw in place, wires around my teeth and stitches inside my mouth where they had to get to jaw. It was quite a major operation."

The attack has left the teenager angry as well as scared to go out and in pain.

"I didn't do anything to deserve it and just want to see justice done," he said. "If they can do this at the drop of a hat what can the do when they're provoked?

"I'll think twice before going out in Ipswich again because I've heard other stories. I feel lucky is some ways that I only had a broken jaw."

The man leading the hunt for the attackers, DC Mike Blayney, said the assault had been "ferocious".

Appealing for anyone who witnessed it to contact police, he said: "Not only were they kicking him when he was down but came back and again knocked him to the ground and violently attacked him."

He said two men, aged around 20 to 25, carried out the beating and were with a third man. Both men were white with short dark hair and one was taller than the other.

Police believe one of the men was the driver of a white Vauxhall Nova which was parked in the car park outside the bar D/Place.

Anyone with information should contact DC Blayney at Ipswich CID on 01473 383 133 or Crimestoppers on its anonymous freephone hotline on 0800 555 111.


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