A YOUNG man is calling for increased CCTV coverage after being mugged and beaten up in Bury St Edmunds.
Benjamin Morris suffered cuts and bruises in the attack in the Station Hill area of the town.
He had spent Saturday night at Vision nightclub and then left to go to a friend’s house in the early hours of Sunday morning with three men that he did not know but who were also invited.
After passing the train station, they turned left up an alley and that is when Ben said the night took a dark turn.
“I remember receiving a smack to the back of my head, maybe with a weapon and going to the ground and having my head jumped on and kicked in,” he said.
The 21-year-old, from Moreton Hall, has praised the ‘brave intervention’ of nearby residents who, he said, shouted at the thugs to leave him alone while they called police and paramedics.
He was taken to West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury, where a deep cut on the back of his head was treated using medical glue.
He also has bruised ribs and scratches on his hands and arms. Ben said his mobile phone, driving licence and around £30 in cash were stolen in the attack.
A police spokeswoman said: “A 21-year-old man has reported being assaulted in a lane behind Fornham Road between 4am and 4.15am on Sunday. He suffered head and chest injuries and personal items were stolen. Inquiries are ongoing.”
Now Ben is calling for increased CCTV coverage of the Station Hill, Fornham Road area which, based on the most recent available crime statistics, is a hotspot for violent crimes in Bury.
He said: “Jumping on someone’s head could kill them – the people that did this have no regard for human life. The council have to put CCTV up there – next time it could be a girl, I don’t want that on my conscience.”
A spokeswoman for St Edmundsbury Borough Council said that of the 42 CCTV cameras in Bury, the Fornham Road, Station Hill area had good coverage and that before installing new cameras a survey of the area would have to be undertaken.
Ben said: “You have the right to go out and have a good time without fear that something will happen to you. I feel that it’s time for this country to put victims before criminals and I think harsher sentences are needed.”