Victim appeal over 'nasty' Kent street attack

Image caption, Peter Cox was left blind in one eye following the attack

A man who was left blind in one eye after a "nasty and unprovoked assault" has appealed for witnesses.

Peter Cox, 33, of New Romney, Kent, suffered severe injuries when he was punched and kicked in the head by youths in Fairfield Road in August.

Five people were arrested but Kent Police said they were unable to charge them due to a lack of evidence.

Mr Cox said the attack had had a huge emotional effect on his whole family and urged witnesses to come foward.

'Mental effects'

He added: "I had a broken nose, a fractured jaw, a fractured eye socket and several stamp marks just on my forehead.

"People don't realise, I can deal with the effects of it and I can deal with my own mental effects of it, but I can't deal with the people around me that it has affected like my wife and my children.

"I can't take their pain away from them."

Mr Cox was walking home from the pub on 29 August when he noticed a large group of young people in St Martin's Field.

As he walked by he was hit from behind and then kicked in the head until he lost consciousness.

Det Insp Angie Hobbs said: "This was a nasty, unprovoked assault on a local man walking home.

"Fortunately incidents of this nature are very rare, and I know it caused alarm in New Romney at the time.

"It is important that we bring the offenders to justice and I believe there are people in the town who know who did this."

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