Nightclub attack victim left trying to 'fill in the gaps'

PUBLISHED: 12:00 19 January 2012 | UPDATED: 12:18 19 January 2012

Dan with his black eye

Dan with his black eye

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THIS is what happened to a teenager when a night out with his friend led to him being assaulted and knocked unconscious in a seemingly unprovoked attack.

Dan Tripp was on the dance floor at Club Vision in Weston when two unknown men punched him in the face in what the 18-year-old describes as a ‘random’ beating.

The Weston College student then fell backwards at the Richmond Street nightspot and hit his head on a metal step, leaving him unconscious.

Dan, who works part-time as a lifeguard at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre, had only been out for a few hours, having received a lift into town from his mum at 10.30pm on Saturday.

After going to a few bars he ended up at Club Vision where the attack happened at about 2am on Sunday.

Dan was taken to Weston General Hospital by ambulance with head injuries and damage to his left eye.

He remembers virtually nothing between the times he was on the dance floor before the attack and when he woke up at home the following day after receiving hospital treatment.

Speaking from his home in Mendip Road in Locking Parklands, the former Worle Community School pupil said: “I’m glad in a way that I don’t remember anything, but I really would like to try to fill in the gaps.”

Dan received stitches to the back of his head and cannot go back to work or college yet because he cannot see properly to drive.

One man has been arrested and bailed since the incident, but police would like to speak to two other men.

The first was white, aged 18-20, about 6ft tall and of slim build. He had short, light-coloured hair and wore a blue or a grey denim-type shirt. The second man was white, of slim build and about 5ft 6ins tall.

Dan’s mum, Mel, added: “It’s every mother’s worst nightmare to have a knock on the door from the police. I thought my son was dead.

“I’d appeal to people to come forward and help us catch those responsible. They shouldn’t be able to get away with it.”

Anyone who may have been on the dance floor and may have witnessed the incident is asked to come forward and call police on 101.

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