A TEENAGER was left traumatised after being knocked unconscious in a late-night attack.
Christopher Locan, 19, was walking home following a night out with friends in Portsmouth when he was set upon in Winston Churchill Avenue.
The University of Portsmouth student was with three friends when a man ran towards him and punched him in the face in an unprovoked attack.
Mr Locan fell to the ground, hitting his head on the kerb, and was knocked unconscious.
When he came round about five minutes later he realised he had lost a tooth in the attack.
Mr Locan said: ‘I was walking back with three of my friends.
‘I saw a guy and a girl running towards Guildhall Walk.
‘I thought something might have happened and they were running to get help.
‘I asked if anything was up – the next thing I remember was sitting up on the ground.
‘I was knocked out and had fallen backwards and hit my head on the corner of the kerb.
‘From what my friends told me he literally went running past, punched me in the face and kept on running. I was out for about five minutes.
‘I’ll be honest, it was a pretty traumatic experience. I just want to know why? All I was trying to do was be nice.’
Now police are appealing for witnesses to the assault, which happened between 3.10am and 3.15am on January 21, to come forward.
PC James Scott said: ‘This appears to be a totally unprovoked attack in which a young man was knocked unconscious.
‘The offender was with a white woman with dark hair and wearing a black dress.
‘Were you in the area around the time of the incident and could you help us identify the offender?’
The attackers is described as a white man, aged about 20, of a slim build with shaved hair. He wore a light coloured T-shirt.
Call PC Scott at Fratton police station on 101.
Alternatively call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555111.