Man robbed and ‘left for dead’ in Thetford

David Lodge
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A man was ‘left for dead’ after being viciously attacked on his way home from a night out.

David Lodge sustained multiple fractures and needed 20 stitches after being assaulted and robbed in the Bridge Street area of Thetford in the early hours of Saturday morning.

His leather wallet, containing bank cards, cash and his Tottenham Hotspur season ticket, was also stolen.

Of his attackers, he said: “They’ve got to be caught. They could end up killing someone. The police said they basically left me for dead - there was a pool of blood on the floor.”

The severity of Mr Lodge’s injuries has left him suffering from amnesia, unable to remember the attack, but doctors say they expect his memory to return.

He said he was ‘shocked’ when he ‘came to’ with ‘blood everywhere’ and saw he had two black eyes and a swollen face.

After almost 10 hours in hospital, he learned he had multiple facial fractures and needed 11 stitches in his head, seven in his eyebrow and two in his left ear. He was also given painkillers, eye drops and antibiotics. He had spent the night with friends at the Black Horse and Green Dragon before deciding to walk the 15 minute journey home.

“I tried to get a taxi but I couldn’t so I thought I’d walk,” said Mr Lodge, who ‘can’t remember anything’ after seeing Bridge Street ahead of him.

“I had stitches on the back of my head and they said I was probably hit from behind,” he added.

Mr Lodge will turn 52 on Wednesday but says he is unlikely to feel like celebrating.

“At this moment in time I don’t want to go out in the evening - I’m starting to get a bit nervy. The slightest noise and I’m like ‘what’s that?’ If things don’t get any better, mentally, I’ll have to sort something out.”

He wanted to thank members of the public for their support while also appealing to anyone with information to come forward.

“Obviously someone knows who’s responsible - they must have returned home with blood on them,” he said.

Call Dc Mark Barron at Thetford CID on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.