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Man punched in unprovoked in attack in city centre

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A 19 year-old man has been punched in an unprovoked attack in Reading.

At around 2.15am on Saturday a 19-year-old man was at the Purple Turtle public house on Gun Street, Reading with two other people.

As he was sitting outside, an unknown man ran up behind him and punched him in the eye.

The offender then ran off.

The victim sustained a significant injury to his right eye which required hospital treatment.

He has since been discharged.

This was an unprovoked assault on the victim, who sustained a significant eye injury and has been left shaken and distressed."

– Police Constable Richard Probert, Investigating Officer



Efit released over ambulance worker attack

Police investigating the assault have released this efit Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

An ambulance technician has been attacked in Hampshire.

Police have issued an efit of one of two men they want to talk to about the assault in an alleyway off Challenger Way in Dibden Purlieu.

The victim was cut with a sharp object on his face and arm.

CCTV released after baseball bat attack

CCTV pictures have been released of two men who might have vital information about a vicious attack with a baseball bat in Reading.

A 25 year old man suffered concussion after the assault on January 31st between Vastern Road and Station Approach.

Anyone who knows the men is asked to contact the police in confidence.

Police want to speak to these two men in connection with an attack in Reading Credit: Thames Valley Police

“If you are the men in these images or know who they are please contact police immediately as we believe these men may have vital information about this assault.

“I would ask anyone with any information about this horrific unprovoked attack to think about the victim, search their conscience and then contact police either at your nearest police or by calling 101.

“I understand that some people don’t want to speak directly to police, so alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.”

– Investigating officer, PC James Dunwell

Man left blind in one eye after attack outside casino

A man has been left blind in one eye after an attack outside a casino in Reading.

The 33-year-old and two friends were assaulted by a group of men they had met at Grosvenor Casino. Police have released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to about the incident.

The victim and his two friends had been at the casino in Basingstoke Road between 1am and 3.30am on Saturday December 19th. They had spoken to a group of men on a smoking terrace and were attacked after leaving the casino as they walked through a car park.

Police want to speak to this man in connection with an assault Credit: Thames Valley Police

"I would appeal to the man in the CCTV images or anyone who knows him to contact police, as we believe he may have vital information about the incident."

– Detective Constable Holly Stothard
Police want to speak to this man in connection with an assault Credit: Thames Valley Police

Four men from Berkshire have been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm. Two men aged 25 and 26 from Caversham, a 41-year-old man from Earley and a 28-year-old man from Shinfield were detained on December 22nd.

They were released on police bail until April 2nd.

Man jailed for trapping teenager in storeroom

A man who trapped a teenage girl in a storeroom has been jailed for more than four years.

Police said Gurpinder Singh Ghuman of Strood carried out a terrifying attack.

The 41-year old was convicted of false imprisonment with the intent of committing a sexual offence.

Gurpinder Singh Ghuman carried out a terrifying attack on a teenage girl Credit: Kent Police

"This was a terrifying attack on a young girl, who has shown great bravery throughout the proceedings.

"Ghuman tricked his innocent victim into a room where he grabbed her around the mouth and attempted to sexually assault her. The victim managed to fight him off and he ran away.

"We carried out extensive enquiries to identify Ghuman and I am pleased that he is now behind bars and away from the community."

– Police Constable Hollie Brown
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