Reward put up to trace nightclub attackers

PUBLISHED: 07:00 30 January 2012

Dan with his black eye

Dan with his black eye

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THE family of a teenager who was knocked unconscious during a late night assault has offered a reward for information leading to his attackers conviction.

As reported in last week’s Mercury, 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.

But after a week of waiting for witnesses to come forward, Dan’s family has reissued an appeal for help to catch the culprits.

His parents Mel and Paul have offered a £500 reward for the successful conviction of each of those responsible, so a possible £1,000.

Mel said: “We just want whoever did this to come forward or indeed anyone who has any information.

“We feel someone may be protecting them and we don’t know why.

“We just want the rest of the jigsaw puzzle put into place.”

Paul added: “I want to send a plea to the taxi drivers - did they take the attackers home? Did they hear anything in their cabs?

“There were two people involved in this attack and we need to find both.”

Dan had only been out for a few hours before the incident, having received a lift into town from his mum at 10.30pm on January 14.

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

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 Locking last week, 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 spent time off work and college because he could not 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.

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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