Detectives in Thurrock are appealing for the public’s help in identifying a man who carried out an unprovoked assault in South Ockendon.
About 6.30pm on Friday, October 30, a 24 year old man was walking home from the train station and was in Arisdale Avenue when he heard a man muttering behind him. The man asked him for a light, then for a cigarette. The victim was then grabbed, felt punches to his stomach and the suspect ran off towards Daiglen Drive.
The man went home but then found that he had a number of small puncture wounds to his stomach. He is taken to Basildon Hospital by ambulance. He has been treated and is expected to leave hospital on Sunday.
The man police are seeking is described as black, late 20s, 6 2″ tall, short black hair, patchy in places. He had a longish face, his front teeth appeared to cross over and he spoke with a lisp. He was wearing a light blue and green jumper with two horizontal and one vertical stripe and beige jeans.
Dc Nick Phillips said: “This was an unprovoked attack and the victim has received a number of small puncture holes to his body. We do not know what was used to cause these injuries, it could have been something similar to a screw or nail. I would like to ask anyone who was in the area last night and may have seen two men struggling with each other, or anyone who recognises the desciption of the assailant to contact CID at Tilbury police station on 0300 333 4444, or crimestoppers on the usual number.”