Serious Assaults, Yarmouth Road, Norwich

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Serious Assaults, Yarmouth Road, Norwich

Posted: 04/01/2007 19:18:50

Police are appealing for anyone who was at the Rivergarden Pub in Norwich's Yarmouth Road on New Year's Eve to contact them after two men, including an off-duty police officer, were seriously assaulted outside the premises.

Police initially received a call just after 11.45pm on New Year's Eve reporting a large-scale affray involving numerous people. It is believed that some time after 11pm an altercation involving several individuals started inside the pub near to the toilets. A young man was punched in the head numerous times near to a fruit machine.

Door supervisors intervened and a number of people were then removed from the premises.

The man who had been assaulted left the pub with his girlfriend and was then attacked again in the car park, being punched and kicked numerous times.

It is believed that the off-duty police officer, who is a 31-year-old man who normally works in the Norwich area, went outside to check on the first victim.

Just before midnight the officer was found unconscious in the car park near to the Rivergarden pub sign. He had been badly beaten around the head and face.

He was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital for treatment. He is now in a critical condition as a result of the head injuries he sustained. The first victim was treated at the scene by paramedics for cuts and bruises but did not attend hospital.

Det Sgt Gary Bloomfield said: "We know there was a large number of people both inside the pub on New Year's Eve and outside in the car park after the initial altercation happened.
"Someone has been very seriously injured as a result of this vicious incident and it is of the utmost importance that we trace as many witnesses as possible.
"I am conscious that a number of people were at the scene and passing by who may have important eye witness information and we need to trace these individuals.
"If you saw what happened please come forward and if you know who was responsible for this hand them in now."

Police have the following descriptions of five men they want to trace and identify:
A white man, between 26 and 27 years old, about 6ft tall and of medium build with short gelled spiky blond hair. He was wearing a light blue/green tank top and a long-sleeved white shirt.
A white man, in his late 20s, of medium build and about 6ft tall with short mousey brown/blond hair. He was wearing a green and light blue horizontally striped jumper.
A man of mixed race, in his late 20s, of medium build, about 5ft 10ins tall with short clipped black hair.
A black man in his late 30s to early 40s, of medium to stocky build and about 6ft tall with short black hair. He was wearing a black suit and an open necked shirt.
A white man, in his early 20s, about 6ft tall, of slim build with blond highlighted short hair. He was initially wearing a black top which was subsequently ripped off his body and he therefore left the premises bare-chested.

DS Bloomfield has three key appeals:
Anyone who was either inside or outside the pub on New Year's Eve and has not yet spoken to police is asked to come forward. Police are particularly keen to speak to anyone who witnessed any person being assaulted or anyone displaying aggressive or threatening behaviour but officers are still keen to speak to anyone who was on the premises during the evening.
Anyone who may have been injured as a result of being assaulted at the premises and has not yet reported it, is urged to come forward.
Anyone who may have captured any photographic images on mobile phones or cameras at the scene.

Four men have been arrested in connection with this incident and are currently being detained for questioning. They are a 26-year-old man, an 18-year-old man, a 20-year-old man and a 23-year-old man.

Anyone with any information about this incident should contact DS Bloomfield or DC Alice Watts at Norwich CID on 0845 4564567 or alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously with information on 0800 555111.

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