Suspects sought after assault in central Chichester

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Two men are being sought after a 22-year-old man was assaulted outside a bookshop in Chichester on Sunday.

The victim was left with fractures to his lower jaw in the attack, sometime between midnight and 1am on Sunday July 17 outside Waterstones in West Street.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident, which coincided with the loss of the victim’s wallet and mobile phone.

The victim had been chatting with a group of men and women in their early 20s in the grounds of Chichester Cathedral, opposite the Dolphin and Anchor public house, police said.

On mentioning that he intended to go to a cash machine, he was joined by several other people, but at this point he changed his mind.

Two men remained with him and the victim was then struck in the face by each of them before they returned towards the cathedral grounds.

The victim found his black Ted Baker wallet containing his driving licence and a debit card, plus his Samsung mobile phone were missing, police added.

The full extent of his injuries was revealed after he went to St Richard’s Hospital for treatment.

The man’s assailants are described as both white and in their early 20s. One was 6ft tall, of stocky or medium build, suntanned, with chubby cheeks and short dark brown hair, worn longer on top.

The second man was reportedly 5ft 11”, slim, with a pale complexion and short curly fair hair. He was wearing a dark, long-sleeved top and dark trousers.

Anyone who saw what happened or who may know the suspects is asked to email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or phone 101, quoting serial 1008 of 20/07.

Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 (www.crimestoppers-uk.org).

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