A 25 year-old West End man is hospital today with serious head injuries after a brutal assault on Passfield avenue last night during which he was repeatedly kicked in the head while lying helpless on the ground.
Police were alerted by members of the public who reported seeing a young woman and two men standing over the man, kicking him.
The victim had been enjoying a night out in the town and was walking past Fleming Park when he was attacked.
The man was taken to Southampton General Hospital, where he is currently receiving treatment for his injuries, including a bleeding on the brain, a fractured jaw and severe bruising.
Detectives have been conducting house-to-house inquiries, and a crime scene examination and search is being conducted in the area today.
Detective Inspector Martin Myers, who is leading the investigation into the assault, said:
“Passfield Avenue is a very popular route and would have been busy around midnight.
“This is an extremely nasty assault and we want to find those responsible quickly. We’re asking for anyone who was in the area and witnessed this to come and speak to us.
“We are particularly appealing to motorists and taxi drivers who will have passed at this time – did you see this man lying on the ground? Do you think you may have seen the two men and the young woman in that area?
“Anyone with any information at all no matter how small, please call us now on 101. We have officers conducting house to house inquiries in the area today, and hope to speak to the victim to see what he can remember, but it is really important if you did see anything that you call us as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information should call Eastleigh CID on 101. Alternatively, information can be left anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Update April 3:
Police say the victim is still in hospital in a serious but not life-threatening condition.. Officers from Eastleigh District CID are continuing their investigations including reviewing CCTV and extensive house to house enquiries. Officers have spoken to a number of members of the public and continue their appeal for anyone in the area of Passfield Ave or Fleming Park on Saturday night who may have information to call 101.
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