Man suffers suspected cheek bone fracture in Southsea gang attack

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A MAN suffered a suspected fractured cheek bone after being attacked in Southsea.

The 30-year-old victim was walking along Goodwood Road, near to the junction of when he was approached by a man who blocked his path.

A second man then approached him and asked him for a cigarette. The first man then grabbed the victim around the waist and tried to pull him to the ground between 11pm and 11.40pm on Saturday.

The victim escaped but was chased into Albert Road where he was then assaulted by a group of about five men, who beat him to the ground and kicked and punched him to the head, face and body.

He was taken to the Queen Alexandra Hospital where he received treatment for a swollen eye and possible a fractured cheek bone.

Detective Constable Verity Lamb, said: ‘The incident happened in a busy area of Southsea at a busy time of night. The assault took place next to Bar 56 on Albert Road and there a number of people present who witnessed what happened.

‘Did you see what happened? Do you know the people involved? I am urging those who witnessed this attack to come forward and help us with our investigation by telling us what they saw.’

One of the men police want to speak to is described as short, of slight build with short hair. Another is described as tall, of medium build, with light tips to his hair.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC Lamb at Fratton CID on 101 or via the website www.hampshire.police.uk/internet/contact/message_officer.htm

Or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.