Dad’s head was used ‘as a football’ in Lakeside attack

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A dad viciously attacked by a gang of teens today revealed they used his ‘head as a football’ as he urged people to help bring the young yobs to justice.

A dad viciously attacked by a gang of teens today revealed they used his ‘head as a football’ as he urged people to help bring the young yobs to justice.

The 47-year-old victim, who wishes to remain anonymous, was walking around the lake at Lakeside, off Stadium Way, when the terrifying attack happened.

The group of teenagers had set fire to two ‘quite large’ areas of grass next to the lake and he began to take pictures on his mobile phone.

He warned the gang he would take the evidence to the police if they continued.

“I thought I was doing the right thing,” he said today.

“I couldn’t quite see right because I’d left my glasses at home and couldn’t quite see the pictures I was taking.

“There was four of them – two girls and two boys.

“They started effing and blinding at me, and then one of the boys came up, punched me and threw me to the ground.

“Two of them, I think it was the boys, started basically using my head as a football.

“It was terrifying, I didn’t know if they were going to kill me or what.

“I passed out from the attack. I think I must have been out for a couple of minutes.

“But when I came to I could hear them still shouting and swearing in the distance and the fires were still going.

“I had so much blood on my face that I couldn’t see to call anyone.

“I stumbled out into the road, and a couple staying at the Premier Inn were walking nearby. Thankfully they stopped, helped me and called the emergency services.

“I was left with four facial fractures. My son couldn’t even look it me for days after it happened because it was too upsetting for him to see me in that state. I’ve got to have an operation on one of the fractures next week.”

Police have launched an appeal to find the attackers.

And now the assault victim is urging anyone with information, or who may recognise the teenagers in the e-fits released by police, to come forward.

He told The Star: “Please help me and my family sleep at night, and call the police with what you know.

“I want justice to be done before they do the same to someone else, or worse kill them next time. I think they’re definitely capable of it.”

The alleged attack occurred at around 8.20pm on Friday, April 24.

Det Con Claire McConnell said: “This was an unprovoked and violent attack on a man out for an evening stroll.

“It’s lucky that the man’s injuries were not more severe, but it’s vital we trace the individuals involved.”

* Anyone with information call 101 quoting incident number 1063 of April 24, 2015, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.