Teen hurt in gang attack

POLICE are appealing for help from the public after a 17-year-old girl was injured when her head was knocked against a kerb during a town centre attack.

POLICE are appealing for help from the public after a 17-year-old girl was injured when her head was knocked against a kerb during a town centre attack.

The girl was at the rear of Fire and Ice bar and nightclub in Wingfield Street, Ipswich, when she was approached by a gang of four people and assaulted.

She sustained bruising to her head, scratches on her cheek and what at the time was thought to be a broken jaw.

The sixth form student from Ipswich had spent the night with friends in the nightclub and left to go home but became separated from them about 1am on Tuesday.

Soon after a car approached her and the four got out and assaulted her.

It is understood one of the girls forced her head against the kerb and dragged her by the hair.

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Her bag was then stolen and some of the group spat in her face before they all drove off.

The bag contained a purse with a small amount of money and other personal possessions, including a £200 digital camera.

The girl spent several hours in A&E after the attack where doctors checked her jaw and found that it was not broken.

Suffolk police said two teenagers from Ipswich had been arrested in connection with the assault.

An 18-year-old woman was arrested at 5.05am on Tuesday while a 17-year-old girl was arrested at 5.30am the same day. Both were arrested on suspicion of common assault and were bailed to return to Ipswich police station on August 11.

Police are appealing for help in tracing two men, both aged about 18 and of Asian appearance, who are also believed to have been involved in the attack.

Anyone with information should call Pc Matthew Jay at Ipswich Neighbourhood Response Team on 01473 613500.

- Did you witness this assault? Call The Evening Star newsdesk on 01473 324788 or e-mail starnews@eveningstar.co.uk

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