Group of youths attack man in town centre

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THE victim of a violent attack by a group of 15 youths has described how he was kicked, punched and left with a metal plate in his arm.

The 47-year-old man, who did not want to be named, was set upon while walking through Brandon town centre at around 2.20am on May 28.

As he and a friend walked home from the Duke of Wellington pub down Thetford Road, they saw male members of the group, aged between 14 to 18, shouting at their female companions.

When the victim asked the boys to stop the abuse, he was assaulted, being pushed to the floor and repeatedly kicked. He was left with a broken left arm and gashes to his face.

He said: “My friend told me to stay down but I’d been knocked out – either by the punch or by hitting my head on the ground.

“I don’t remember anything before waking up in hospital and I’ve got an actual footprint on my eye where someone has kicked me in the face.”

The man, who is a self-employed bricklayer, has been forced to take six weeks off work to recover from his injuries. He says he will now file a criminal compensation claim to make up for his loss of earnings.

Surgeons operated on his arm to fit a metal plate. Police are seeking witnesses to the attack.