Man left with serious head injuries after Guildhall attack

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A MAN suffered a broken jaw after being punched and kicked in the head in a late-night attack.

The 21-year-old victim had been enjoying a night out with two friends in the Guildhall area of Portsmouth when the attack happened.

The three men left Guildhall Walk shortly before 4am on Saturday and walked across Winston Churchill Avenue onto Waltham Street, Southsea.

The victim, who was walking slightly ahead of the other two men, approached a group of three men and spoke to them

They then set upon him, punching him to the ground and kicking him in the head.

They then assaulted his two friends before running off towards Meriden Road.

The victim suffered serious head injuries , a fractured jaw, and eye socket and broken teeth. He was taken to the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham where last night his condition was described as stable.

His two friends suffered minor injuries.

Now police have released CCTV of the suspects in the hope of tracking them down.

Detective Inspector John Murray from Portsmouth CID said: ‘This was a vicious assault that left the victim with a fractured jaw, fractured eye socket and broken teeth.

‘Our investigation is focused at the moment on tracing the suspects who were filmed on CCTV around Guildhall Walk that evening.

‘We’re releasing some of those images in the hope someone will recognise them and identify them to us in confidence.

‘They were wearing some distinctive clothing, particularly the shorter suspect who was in a blue-chequered top and a baseball cap.

‘We believe the suspects were involved in an argument with a group of women at the taxi rank on Guildhall Walk prior to the assault. One of the women was possibly wearing a bright-yellow dress, the other an orange dress.

‘I’d like to hear from them or anyone else who was in the area at the time and may have witnessed the assault or seen the suspects.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Portsmouth CID on 101 or the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.