THE victim of an unprovoked gang attack says those responsible must be caught before they strike again.
Around eight teenage boys jumped the 20-year-old victim as he made his way home from a night out and ran off laughing as he lay injured on the floor.
As reported, it happened at 2.20am on Sunday, June 28, as the shop worker was walking along Park House Farm Way at the junction with Quarely Road, in Leigh Park.
He said: ‘I’d had a brilliant night out at a pub in Waterlooville celebrating my friend’s 18th birthday.
‘I’d tried to get a taxi but there was a long wait so I decided to walk it.
‘I walk home from work at 10pm at night and I’ve never felt nervous or uneasy about it. I’ve never had any bother before.
‘My headphones were in and I had my head down when I noticed a big group of lads over the other side of the road.
‘There were about eight of them.
‘I walked on and heard something behind me so I turned and was punched on the left-hand side of my face.
‘The punch knocked me to the floor and then they all started kicking me in the head.
‘It lasted for about 25 to 30 seconds and I covered my head to try and limit the damage they were doing.
‘After that they just ran off laughing.’
The victim was in shock and suffered cuts and bruises to his face but was otherwise uninjured.
‘It took about an hour-and-a-half to sink in that night,’ he said.
‘The next day I went to work and then reported it to the police.
‘I am fine now but, to be honest, I want them caught.
‘I don’t want it to happen to anyone else.’
PC Lee Gott, from Havant police, described the attack as ‘cowardly’.
He is appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact him.
Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.