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24 September 2010, 15:40
POLICE are appealing for a dog walker to come forward after a man was seriously assaulted in Stevenage on Thursday
The incident occurred at 11.30pm on Fairlands Way. The victim, a man in his late 50s, was walking along the cycle track on his way home from the railway station. As he left the underpass on Fairlands Way at the junction with Grace Way he was approached by a teenage boy who was with a group of approximately ten teenagers, both girls and boys.
The boy engaged him in conversation and the victim walked away and, as he was doing so he was struck in the face by the boy, causing him to fall to the floor. The boy was joined by two others who all assaulted him before walking off towards the town centre along Fairlands Way.
The victim was assisted by a dog walker who then helped him home. However, he didn’t leave his contact details or wait for police.
The victim suffered serious injuries and is receiving hospital treatment.
The boys were described as white, around 15 years old, with slim builds as of average height.
Detective Sergeant Phoebe Butfoy is investigating and said: “I am very keen to speak with the dog walker as he could prove very useful to the investigation. If this was you, I’d urge you to call me via the non-emergency number. We believe this was an unprovoked attack on a man who was simply walking home. This type of behaviour will not be tolerated in the town and we are using every investigative tool in order to track the offenders down. If you believe you may know who was involved in this incident, please call police as soon as possible.”