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20 July 2010, 10:20 | Updated: 21 July 2010, 10:57
Police are appealing for witnesses after a man ended up with a fractured jaw when he was attacked by a group of men in an unprovoked attack.
The 20-year-old victim and girlfriend of the same age, both from the Eastleigh area, had been walking along Bellevue Road in Southampton at sometime between around 11.45 and midnight on Friday, July 16th. They were opposite the Alexandra Pub when a woman shouted abuse at his girlfriend from a nearby building.
The woman and a group of men then came out and confronted the victim and his girlfriend outside the building as they walked nearer.
The men repeatedly punched the victim, who eventually managed to get away and was assisted by some passers-by a short distance away.
He later went to hospital for treatment where it was discovered he had a fractured jaw. He has since undergone an operation to insert metal plates in his jaw to help it mend.
Detective Constable Tony Welch said: “This appears to be an extremely vicious attack, on a man who is unconnected with the suspects.
“I’m now appealing for any witnesses who were in the area at the time and saw the incident or those involved or anyone with information about the crime”
Anyone with information can contact Detective Constable Welch at Bitterne CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Two men aged 18 and 21 and a woman, aged 19, have been arrested in connection with the incident. There have since been released on police bail until mid-September while enquiries continue.