Laughing gang repeatedly kicked and punched victim in Mildenhall attack

Shane Howell's  face injuries soon after the attack ANL-160419-103637001

Shane Howell's face injuries soon after the attack ANL-160419-103637001

Shane Howell was less than a hundred yards from his home, in broad daylight, when he was attacked by a laughing gang of four youths.

Now, the 46-year-old fears that if they are not caught their next victim could be one of the elderly people living near his home in Croft Place, Mildenhall.

Suffolk Police, who are treating the unprovoked attack as assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, are appealing for anyone who saw the men hanging around the area on Sunday at about 7.30pm to contact them.

Former chef Shane was on his way home on his bike with a takeaway when he took his usual shortcut along an alleyway beside the Maid’s Head pub.

“I was stopped by a young lad asking me to get off my bike,” Shane said. “I joked and said ‘don’t worry I’m not going to run into you’ and as I got closer he hit me.

“I was dazed and got off my bike and he hit me a second time and I slumped against the wall. Then the others came round the corner and started laughing, kicking and punching.”

His first assailant must have had a ring on, which had cut his eye so the others were shouting to ‘hit the eye, it’s already cut’.

Shane spent three and a half hours being treated in A&E and had such badly bruised ribs he was still finding breathing uncomfortable two days later.

Shane added: “I had money in my pocket, my iPhone, my bike and they didn’t take anything. They didn’t even take my takeaway – they were after the person.

“I put it on Facebook to make people aware. There are so many elderly people round here and there are elderly people’s places near that alleyway.”

Police say the main offender was 18 to 22 and wearing blue jeans, white trainers, a blue baseball cap and a black top or hoody.

The second man was wearing a red tracksuit top, red trainers and red baseball cap.

A police spokeswoman said: “It was a totally unprovoked attack in a public alleyway in daylight.”

Anyone with information should call Suffolk Police on 101 quoting crime number 37/28354.