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Police "making progress" in Guildford attack investigation

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Published at 3:54pm 20th May 2019. (Updated at 3:56pm 20th May 2019)

Surrey Police say they are "making progress" in their investigation into a random attack on a man in Guildford - but still want to hear from any witnesses. 

They released shocking video footage of a man being punched in the face along Woodbridge Road last month. 

Officers say they made the decision to put the appeal out in an attempt to try to identify the three suspects. 

The victim had to have surgery on his jaw following the random attack which happened along Woodbridge Road last year. 

He was walking home from a night out on September 11 when he was approached by three unknown men. 

Officers still want to speak to three people in connection with the offence.

One of the men punched the victim in the face, causing grievous bodily harm injuries.

The three men then made off from Woodbridge Road towards Church Road.

They are described as:

  • White, aged approximately 20 years, 6ft tall and wearing a black hoodie, jeans and white trainers;
  • White, aged approximately 20 years, around 6ft tall, wearing a long sleeved white t-shirt and black trousers;
  • White, aged approximately 20 years, around 6ft tall, wearing a white t-shirt, jeans and carrying a small shoulder bag.

Posting on Facebook, Surrey Police said:

"This is not the first time we have appealed for people to come forward. CCTV stills of the three people we wanted to speak to in connection with this assault were released in November 2018.

"No one was identified as a result. All lines of enquiry have been followed up since then.

"The decision to release the shocking moving footage was not one we took lightly, particularly given the potential impact on the victim.

"While we also recognise that the assault was several months ago, we are hoping that the video will result in someone coming forward who will provide the vital piece of information we need to bring these offenders to justice."

Guildford attack

Investigating officer PC Kieran Coffey said:

“We have released the video footage as it highlights how just one punch can cause serious injury and have devastating consequences.

"The victim had to have a plate inserted in his jaw following the assault and we are really keen to bring his attackers to justice.

"He did not know any of these men and was walking home after a night out when the incident took place. I am hoping that releasing the video footage will prompt someone into coming forward.”

 

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