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Man knocked unconscious in attack in Bacchus and friend assaulted in the street 90 minutes later



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Police are linking two late-night assaults in Bishop's Stortford town centre in which both victims, who are friends, were punched in the head, one of them being knocked unconscious.

The first incident happened inside Bacchus, the bar and nightclub in Anchor Street, at around midnight on Saturday January 8. A 30-year-old man was attacked, leaving him requiring hospital treatment.

Bishop's Stortford's Inspector Mark Collins: "The victim was punched with enough force to lose consciousness for a few seconds. He sustained bruising, a cut to his right cheek and a bloodshot right eye, and was taken off to hospital."

Bacchus at the Anchor Street Leisure Complex. Picture: Vikki Lince
Bacchus at the Anchor Street Leisure Complex. Picture: Vikki Lince

Later that night, at around 1.30am, a 27-year-old friend of the victim was on his way home, having left Bacchus, when he too was assaulted outside The Port Jackson, the JD Wetherspoon pub, in Riverside.

"He'd been to The Kebabery in Station Road and was heading towards The Port Jackson when a group behind him whistled to him to stop," said Insp Collins. "He was then punched in the face, suffering bruising."

The victim told police he believed it was the same group who had assaulted his friend in Bacchus and that they had followed him home.

The Port Jackson in Riverside. Picture: Vikki Lince (54303997)
The Port Jackson in Riverside. Picture: Vikki Lince (54303997)

Police are examining CCTV footage from Bacchus. They have released descriptions of two men in the group. Both were aged about 21. One is about 5ft 8in tall and of mixed race, the other is white, 5ft 10in, of skinny build and with blond hair.



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