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20 May 2014, 12:44
A man and woman have been chased and assaulted by a group of 15 people in Basildon.
It happened as they were walking along Hartford End at around 11pm on Friday (16 May).
They were approached by a group of young men and women who started punching and kicking the man.
The 39-year-old man and 41 year old woman ran away and were chased through Pitsea market, past Aldi. The man was struck by a supermarket trolley thrown by one of the group. He was also hit over the back of the head with what was thought to be a metal bar.
The suspects ran off at Church Road.
Investigating officer Pc Lee Ryan said that one of the main attackers was white, aged about 17, about 5ft 11in and of slim build. He had short wavy fair coloured hair and was wearing dark jeans and no top. He was referred to by members of the group as "Paddy".
A young woman among the group was white aged about 16, about 5ft 2in tall and of, chubby build. She had shoulder length wavy brown hair with blonde streaks, tied up in a ponytail.
She was wearing light blue jeans and a bright orange woollen jumper. She was suspected of pulling the female victim's hair, forcing her to fall to the ground.
Anyone with information should contact Pc Ryan at Basildon Neighbourhood Crime Team on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.