Witness appeal to attack that broke man’s jaw

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a FRESH appeal for witnesses has been launched as an investigation into an attack in Belper that left a man with a broken jaw and ankle continues.

The double attack happened outside the Total petrol station, on Bridge Street, and also on King Street, just after 11.30pm on Good Friday, April 22.

During the evening a 44-year-old local man and his wife were in the Railway pub on King Street, said police.

Also in the pub were a group of four men in their late teens or early 20s. One of the men lost his wallet and was asking customers in the pub if they had seen it.

The victim and his wife left the pub at around 11.30pm and walked on to Bridge Street. As they reached the petrol station they were confronted by three men who resembled those who had been in the pub.

One of them punched the victim in the face, breaking his jaw in two places. He also suffered a broken ankle as he fell. The thug ran off.

The victim managed to get back on to King Street a couple of minutes later but was assaulted again when he had a glass smashed into his face.

Three men were arrested soon after. A fourth was arrested later. They were questioned and released on bail.

Officers are continuing their enquiries and are trying to trace anyone who witnessed either of the assaults or who was in the pub during the evening.

Anyone with information should contact PC Jason Wyatt on 0345 123 33 33 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.