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17 January 2013, 16:08 | Updated: 17 January 2013, 16:12
Bedfordshire Police say a 22 year-old man's unable to talk after having his jaw broken in two places after an attack in Sandy.
The incident happened at around 2pm on Sunday December 30, as the victim was walking along an alleyway which runs from Bedford Road to Laburnham Road in Sandy.
The offender approached the victim from behind, pushed him against a wall and then punched him three times to the face before heading along the alleyway towards Bedford Road.
The victim was unable to report the attack immediately as he has required a substantial amount of treatment including two operations. The victim’s jaw was broken in at least two places, he suffered severe nerve damage to his chin and is still unable to talk without pain.
The offender is described as being a white male, around six feet tall and wearing a navy blue tracksuit.
Detective Constable Claire Case, who is investigating the assault, is keen to speak with anyone who was in the Laburnham Road or Bedford Road areas at the time of the incidentand may have seen anything suspicious
DC Case told Heart: "This was an extremely violent and vicious attack carried out in broad daylight which has left the victim with very serious injuries. The attacker was clearly intent on causing harm to this young man in a seemingly unprovoked and it is imperative that we find the offender as quickly as possible.
I’d urge anyone who was in the area at the time of the assault or anyone else who may have information – however small or insignificant they think it is – that could help us to come forward to help us with our investigation. Don’t dismiss your information as unimportant – even tiny details which don’t seem relevant now might become useful later on.”
If you have information relating to this incident, contact DC Case, in confidence, on 01234 275113, the non-emergency number 101, or text information to 07786 200011. Alternatively contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.