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Brick attack victim pleads for information on culprit

Worcester Editorial 19th Nov, 2013 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

THE VICTIM of a vicious assault in Worcester has made a personal appeal for witnesses to come forward and help the police find his attacker.

Harold Murphy was sleeping in an alleyway off Lowesmoor on Sunday October 6, at around 7.30am, when he was woken by a man shouting nearby.

The 63-year-old was then approached by the man who demanded he give him his mobile phone and wallet but when Mr Murphy twice refused the attacker picked up a breeze block and threw it at the top of his head.

The two men were then involved in a scuffle, in which Mr Murphy was punched in the face before his attacker ran off with the victim clutching his head, which was bleeding heavily.

Nothing was stolen but he was left with a two-inch cut to the head which required hospital treatment.

The man is described as white, in his early 30s, 5ft 9ins, of stocky build, had greying ‘salt and pepper’ hair and a tanned complexion. He was wearing scruffy blue jeans, a red anorak with black marks on the arms, trainers and smoking roll-ups.

Mr Murphy said: “I had stopped over in Worcester for the night whilst travelling through and I had visited Worcester once before and had enjoyed the city then and felt safe.

“I’m sure someone must know the name of who did this, I want the person brought to justice so he doesn’t do the same to anyone else.”

Det Cons Beales, from Worcester Police, said: “This was an unprovoked attack on a vulnerable man in his 60s and his injuries could easily have been worse.

“I urge witnesses, or anyone with information concerning this to come forward so we can trace whoever was responsible for such a nasty attack.”

Anyone with further information can contact police by calling the non-emergency number 101 or by calling Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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