Published: 31/12/2012 14:10 - Updated: 14/02/2013 11:05

Man's jaw broken with wooden pole in Christmas Day assault

Written byJESSICA DUNCAN

A man was left needing a wire in his jaw after a fight escalated on Christmas Day.

At about 3.30am a fight broke out near to Harvester and McDonald’s at the front of the Xscape building, involving around eight to ten youths.

The victim, aged 22, and the offender started pushing each other before punches were thrown. Someone then handed the offender a large wooden pole, used to stake a young tree, which he used to hit the victim twice around the head.

The offender then pushed back others who were in the group and kicked the victim in the head as he lay on the floor, before walking away.

The victim’s jaw was broken and he lost teeth. He spent Christmas Day in hospital having surgery to wire his jaw, and has since been discharged.

Thames Valley Police is now appealing for witnesses. The offender is white, in his late teens to early 20s, and was wearing a white shirt buttoned all the way up to the collar and tucked into light coloured jeans or trousers. His hair is dark blonde to light brown and he may have light facial hair.

DC Leanne Shepherd, investigating the assault, said: “This was a vicious attack using great force with a weapon and could have resulted in even more serious injuries.

“There were up to 20 other people in the area at the time of the assault, however no witnesses have come forward.

“I am urging these people to contact me via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 101.”

You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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