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3 November 2015, 09:08
Essex Police says a deaf man has been left afraid to go out after he was attacked by six men armed with baseball bats.
The victim was cycling along Eldeland shortly before 10pm on Friday, 23 October when six men hit him on his arm and leg before running off.
Investigating officer PC Christopher Rees said: "The victim had to go to Basildon Hospital for treatment to injuries to his arm and leg.
"He had not seen his attackers before and at this time there is nothing to indicate he was targeted because he was deaf.
"But this was a very cowardly attack which has badly affected the victim's confidence and left him afraid to go out. All six of the men were white and two of them had baseball bats.
"The location of the attack is just across the road from Gloucester Park and it's quite likely these men would have been noticed."
Anyone with information can call PC Rees at Basildon Police Station on 101 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. It offers rewards of up to £1,000 for information leading to the arrest, and/or conviction of offenders.