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Police appeal for witnesses to assault which broke victim's jaw

PUBLISHED: 14:52 19 December 2013 | UPDATED: 14:52 19 December 2013

A Gravesend father of three is still recovering from a vicious assault he sustained in August while on a night out with friends.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the attack, which took place in the Circus Tavern Nightclub, Meads Corner, Purfleet on Saturday August 31, to come forward.

The 39-year-old Asian man, who doesn’t want to be named, received serious facial injuries when he was assaulted by eight white men at around 1.30am. He was rushed to hospital and required extensive surgery to repair his jaw which was broken in two places.

The victim, who works in the construction industry, has been unable to return to work since the attack, putting his family under severe financial and emotional strain.

The Circus Tavern was running a separate fund-raising event for the family of murdered soldier Lee Rigby on the night in question. Investigating officer, Dc Tony Miller, said: “Although no one has suggested this was a racially or religiously aggravated assault it is possible that the group of Asian friends were singled out due to their assumed connection with a particular religious group.

“There were many customers and staff around at the time of the assaults. Someone at the venue on August 31 knows why this happened and who is responsible and we appeal to those people to come forward.

“The families of the victims are deeply upset by this incident. We want to hear from anyone who might have seen the assault or people being ejected by the doorstaff.”

The victim’s wife is hoping the renewed police appeal will bring information to light.

“I sat up all night waiting for him to come home, but it was the police who came to say my husband was in hospital,” she said.

“His eye was swollen and he was covered in blood. His jaw was broken where they had kicked him repeatedly in the face while he was unconscious. He was in a bad way.

“We’ve got three young children. It’s stressful financially around Christmas and on our relationship. His jaw is still healing and as his work is physical he can’t go back yet. This attack has effected every part of our lives.”

Anyone with information should contact Dc Miller at Grays CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 888111.

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