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A MAN had to have his head stapled back together after he was attacked in Southend by a gang armed with baseball bats.
The victim – aged 30 – was also left with a broken eye socket and ‘heavy swelling’, said Essex Police.
The force has appealed for witnesses to the attack, which occurred in Leigh-on-Sea last month, in a partially wooded cut-through close to the A127, at its junction with Progress Road.
In particular, investigators are trying to trace two good Samaritans who came to the victim’s aid.
The victim and his partner were walking on a footpath off of Bradford Bury at around 9.45pm when they were approached by three men.
As the couple walked past the men, said DC Samantha Winter of Southend CID, the gang intentionally bumped into the man’s shoulder.
When he turned around, he was punched in the face by one of the trio. The other two then produced baseball bats.
The gang then punched, kicked and attacked the man with the bats.
The attack occurred on Saturday, November 30.
One of the attackers was around 5’8”, of mixed heritage and wore a black, puffy coat with a good.
The second was around the same height, but white and heavier. He had either stubble or a goatee and wore a black or blue woolly hat.
The third was white and shorter than the other two. He wore a scarf over his face.
All three were thought to be in their mid-20s.
DC Winter said police had CCTV of the attackers but were not yet releasing it publicly.
She said: “A car pulled up and two men got out and assisted the couple and helped them into their car before driving them to hospital.
“I’d like to thank them for their actions. They remain unidentified and I’m urging them to contact us.”
Anybody with information, CCTV or dash cam footage was urged to dial 101, ask for Southend CID and quote crime reference number 42/189912/19.
Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.