17:05 Tuesday 11 June 2013

Appeal after 'vicious' attack outside Burton school

Written byBY JAMES BRINDLE

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POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a ‘vicious and unprovoked’ daylight attack outside a school in Burton left the victim needing surgery.

The incident happened at around 4.30pm on Wednesday outside Grange Community School, in Grange Street, when the victim was approached by three men.

Police said that one of the men assaulted the victim by punching him in the face, causing him to fall to floor.

The victim, a 57-year-old man from Burton, was initially taken to Queen’s Hospital in Burton with facial injuries.

However, the injuries were so severe that he was later transferred to the Royal Derby Hospital for surgery on his jaw.

Inspector Steve Maskrey from Burton police told the Mail: “It was an unusual crime to occur at that time of day outside a school.

“It appears to be an unprovoked attack and there were certainly not any similar incidents in the area that this can be linked to.”

The offenders are described as Asian and aged between 16 and 25.

The one who punched the victim is described as having a long face with a sharp chin and was 5ft 6ins tall with a slim build.

He wore wrap around ‘men in black’ style sunglasses, a navy baseball cap, a baggy loose fitting navy sweater and similar style baggy jeans.

One of the other men wore dark clothing while the third wore a brightly coloured baggy top.

Insp Maskrey urged any members of the community who witnessed the attack to contact DC Victoria Wilde on 101, quoting incident number 558 of June 5.

Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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