Victim of car park beating is said to be recovering well

Police dealing with ‘incident’ at Clanfield Co-op

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A TEENAGER who was seriously beaten is said to be making a good recovery.

The 19-year-old suffered injuries during the attack in the car park of Parry Court on Parham Road in Gosport that were initially feared to be life-threatening.

It is believed he was attacked with a snooker ball in a sock.

As reported, after the attack just after 8pm on Wednesday the victim staggered 200yds to his flat on Forton Road.

Because of concerns about his injuries a fire service cherry-picker was used to lift the man out of his second-floor flat before taking him to hospital by ambulance.

At the victim’s home, a family friend, who did not want to be named, said: ‘Thankfully the injuries aren’t as bad as we first thought.

‘There were worries that he could have a fractured skull or something with his spine but now it looks as if his injuries are actually superficial.

‘He’s been very lucky. It could have been so much worse, but he should make a full recovery. He’s got a good family around him who will support him, but he’s never coming back here.’

The teen appeared to have been beaten on the front of a Volkswagen Golf parked at Parry Court.

The car’s owners Lauren Dennelly and Tom Melley were asleep when police called.

‘The first we knew was when the buzzer went at about 12.30am, at first we thought it was kids messing around,’ said Miss Dennelly. ‘But it was the police to tell us there had been a serious assault on the front of our car.’

The vehicle was left dented with blood streaked across the bonnet and a wing mirror knocked off.

Miss Dennelly added: ‘We can’t fault the police, they arranged for someone to sort out our car first thing the next day. It is worrying when something like this happens on your doorstep, though.’

The area was sealed off to preserve evidence and the cordon was lifted yesterday.

A police spokesman said: ‘Enquiries are ongoing to confirm the full circumstances, and identify whoever was responsible for the assault.

‘There is no information and no evidence at this time to suggest a wider risk to the community. We are appealing for a specific possible witness to come forward.

‘This witness is a young man, wearing a blue T-shirt, who was seen talking with the victim shortly after the assault. He was seen wheeling a bike. He is not a suspect, but may have important information.’

This man, witnesses or anyone with information can call CID at Fareham police station on 101.

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