Weston man suffers ‘life-changing injuries’ in unprovoked town centre attack

PUBLISHED: 05:41 01 June 2018 | UPDATED: 11:00 01 June 2018

The attack happened in The Boulevard in Weston-super-Mare on May 20.

The attack happened in The Boulevard in Weston-super-Mare on May 20.

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A Weston man is scared to leave his house after being knocked out when punched by an unknown attacker in broad daylight.

He suffered a broken jaw and teeth and required an operation after the traumatic attack in Weston town centre 12 days ago.

His face and head are scarred, while he said he has ‘life-changing injuries’, with his face having suffered nerve damage.

He is struggling with anxiety as he has no idea who attacked him or why.

Police have yet to catch the culprit.

The victim – who the Mercury shall refer to as Kyle to protect his safety – had gone to Papa’s fish and chip shop in Waterloo Street and was walking home along the Boulevard when he was punched from behind outside Mayfair estate agents at about 4pm on May 20.

He said: “I was walking back and the next thing I remember I was waking up in hospital.”

The attack came ‘completely out the blue’ and sent Kyle sprawling to the ground, with his mouth bleeding heavily.

He was transferred to hospital and ultimately needed an operation as his jaw went through two teeth, both of which had to be taken out. A metal plate has also had to be inserted into his jaw.

While Kyle is physically recovering at home in Weston, he admits the town centre attack has left him shaken.

He said: “It was quite horrific and came completely out of the blue.

“I don’t know who the guy was (who attacked me) or what he looked like.

“I don’t know if it was someone I know or someone else. The whole thing is a blur.

“It is a nightmare – I’m waking up thinking who is it?”

He has been told to avoid any potential hazards while his jaw is so fragile, but Kyle said he only feels safe staying at home because he has no clue who attacked him or why.

He said: “I find walking down the street now is a potentially dangerous situation.”

Kyle lost £100 in cash during the incident, but concedes he does not know if it was taken by the assailant or if he lost it after being knocked to the ground.

But he added: “I don’t want the guy to get away with it.”

An Avon and Somerset Constabulary spokesman confirmed yesterday (Wednesday) no-one has been arrested and enquiries are ongoing.

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