Young footballer has reconstructive surgery

Richie Robins Credit: ITV News Anglia

A young footballer who was beaten up by a gang in Colchester has had surgery to reconstruct his face.

Wivenhoe Town goalkeeper Richie Robins had an operation on Friday and says he's now on the road to recovery.

The 21-year-old university student from Clacton was trying to protect a girl from a group of men who then set upon him, leaving him with severe facial injuries. Essex Police are still investigating.