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5 January 2011, 11:27
Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted in a taxi queue in Portsmouth on New Year’s Eve.
It was around 2am (Saturday, January 1) and the victim, 31, was intervening in a scuffle which had broken out in the queue on the southern end of Palmerston Road.
One of his friends was injured and as the victim went to help he was punched in the face by an unknown man.
The offender is described as a white man, with short, fair hair and wearing a checked shirt.
Detective Constable Jim Garrett from Portsmouth CID said:
“The victim suffered a fractured jaw, broken front teeth and cuts to his mouth. He was taken to the Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, where he remains in a stable condition. His friend was not seriously injured.
“Please can anyone who witnessed this assault or has knowledge of the incident contact me as soon as possible. At this time of night there is likely to have been lots of people leaving venues and walking past. Any information will be treated in confidence.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Garrett at Fratton police station on 101 or the anonymous Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.