‘Loveliest lad’ attacked by three males in Rock Ferry

Merseyside Police is appealing for information following a report of an assault in Rock Ferry on Saturday, 11 September.

At around 7am police received a report that a male was injured on Old Chester Road, between the junction with Green Lawn and Byrne Avenue.

It was reported that the male had been assaulted by a group of three males who made off in an unknown direction.

Emergency services attended and located the injured male. He was taken to hospital with a head injury and has since been discharged.

The suspects are described as white males, described variously as being aged in their teens or early 20s, with long hair and dark clothing.

CCTV and witness enquiries are being carried out by police to find those responsible for the attack and officers are urging anyone with any information to come forward.

A friend of the victim said, of the photograph provided, “This was my friend after being attacked early morning on Saturday. He is the loveliest lad and is training for the army.

“He was attacked in Rock Ferry by a group of lads all dressed in black. The reason he was attacked was because he was ‘in their territory’.

“This has absolutely broken me, the fact he is from Widnes and has come for my 18th. He has fractured his skull and is currently in Alder Hey getting more checks….. if anyone has any CCTV or any information that can help us, then step forward.”

Detective Inspector Tom Clarke said, “This was an appalling attack leaving a man injured, and we are working hard to find those responsible and bring them to justice.

“If you were in the Old Chester Road area in the early hours of Saturday morning, witnessed the incident or have any dashcam, CCTV or doorbell footage locally which might identify the suspects, please let us know.

“Such despicable behaviour has no place in Merseyside and we’ll do all we can to put those responsible before the courts.”

Anyone with information should contact Merseyside Police social media desk via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’. You can also call 101 quoting incident reference 21000632607 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their website here: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/forms/give-information-anonymously

EDIT: The original police report stated that the males who carried out the assault were in their 20s. The males were also reported by others to be in their teens. The article has since been corrected.

EDIT 2: Further to the previous correction, police have confirmed that the victim described the assailants as being in their 20s. The article has again been amended to reflect the various ages reported.

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