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Police appeal for witnesses to assault outside Cheltenham nightclub

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: November 14, 2012

Moo Moo in Regent Street

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A 21-YEAR-OLD man is in a critical condition in hospital after being attacked outside a nightclub in Cheltenham.

He was assaulted outside Moo Moo in Regent Street, Cheltenham, at around 2.30am yesterday. The man suffered serious head injuries and was taken to Cheltenham General Hospital for treatment.

He has since been transferred to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol. Police say no weapons were used during the attack.

It is believed the victim, who is from Warwickshire, had been partying at the club's Milkshake Mondays event.

Officers investigating the incident cordoned off the scene and spoke to staff yesterday.

A nearby business owner, who asked not to be named, said: "I saw a police car at the scene and it was all taped off. It's awful what has happened to the man. I really hope he is okay. The owners of Moo Moo do their best to stop any trouble outside, but you can't stop everything. I would have moved a long time ago if they hadn't done so much to try to stop trouble."

Colin Pilsworth, co-ordinator of Cheltenham Safe, a crime reduction scheme, said the town centre was not a dangerous place.

He said: "Obviously incidents will happen when you get a mix of people and alcohol, because common sense and social restrictions can go out of the window.

"The police keep telling us that the figures for crime in the town centre keep going down, and that's a good sign. But we will never eradicate crime completely, because when people consume alcohol, their sense of right and wrong can disappear."

Police are urging anyone who witnessed the attack or anyone who was in Moo Moo shortly before the incident to contact them. Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting incident 24 of November 13. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or go to Crimestoppers-uk.org

■ An 18-year-old from Moreton-in-Marsh has been arrested on suspicion of assault and remains in police custody in Cheltenham.

■ Police are investigating a serious sexual assault in Gloucester at about 3am on Saturday. A woman was sexually assaulted near Trier Way after being approached by a man who sat down next to her in a porch area.

The offender is described as being black, aged between 20 and 30 and of medium build. He was wearing a white shirt.

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  • Ms_Superstar  |  November 15 2012, 11:10PM

    The last time (last time ever, for me) I went into Fever (admittedly that does have free entry) I was charged £4.90 for one pint of stale-tasting Carlsberg. How is that encouraging people to drink too much? But it's true that some parts of the town centre are safe, especially inside and around the clubs. I'd feel much safer standing outside moomoos or 21 Club than in, say, Sherborne Place car park or the High Street near the Bath Road junction. But seriously, jayne80 is absolutely right. Rather than argue who's ultimately to blame (we can all share in that), our thoughts and prayers should be with the victim and his family.

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  • tishwash  |  November 15 2012, 6:48PM

    @by kxhostThursday, November 15 2012, 9:19AM "Bar staff will never supply multiple drinks to a single customer during these 'drink deals' nights, unless accompanied by multiple friends - thus ensure nobody consumes 3 drinks at a time." what ? such lies, I defiantly have.

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  • Deano123  |  November 15 2012, 3:42PM

    The bouncers at Moomoos are ignorant and rude! Always refuse for me and my friend unless we are dressed as little prettyboys, however when it comes to underage girls as long as they get a hug on the way in its fine! Always the same excuse "Dont fit the profile", then i look in the smoking area and see a bunch of lads wearing almost the same as I was... this club has TCF down to a tee clearly!

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  • Nikki99  |  November 15 2012, 12:04PM

    At the end of the day the main concern here is that he pulls through and that justice is done. This is a very bad time for his family and friends me included. You just couldn't ever imagine the immense pain and anguish that this has caused. Hoping and praying that he recovers and soon.

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  • BaldSeagull  |  November 15 2012, 10:22AM

    TIMONLINE2010, assuming for now that it was an unprovoked attack, surely the attacker has proven that he is "a danger to the public"?

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  • KXHost  |  November 15 2012, 9:19AM

    Bar staff will never supply multiple drinks to a single customer during these 'drink deals' nights, unless accompanied by multiple friends - thus ensure nobody consumes 3 drinks at a time.

  • TIMONLINE2010  |  November 14 2012, 11:30PM

    No ignoramous - the police don's hand out parking tickets actually - so who's the ignoramus! No reason not to bail this man if he's not considered to be a danger to the public.

  • bonzaharris1  |  November 14 2012, 10:30PM

    I have to agree with akell, complete madness encouraging people to drink, by offering buy one get one free like you would a pizza in a supermarket. Also to encourage people to drink to excess on a monday night !! I would assume, probably rather stupidly, that if you could afford to drink at pub and club prices, you must have a job to be able to afford it. In which case this sort of offer on a day when most would be working the next day would be pretty irresponsible. Unless of course, they all took the bus into work. The ones not too hungover to go to work in the first place that is. All that aside, I hope whoever is responsible is caught, and this poor young man gets through this, and makes a good recovery.

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  • Nikki99  |  November 14 2012, 8:56PM

    The man is in a coma in hospital, his family and friends are distraught as am I. The guy that did it has been bailed which I just can't get my head around, this should not have been allowed to happen, he should be locked up!

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  • ignoramous  |  November 14 2012, 8:39PM

    so the town is safe is it, where were the police, dishing out parking tickets perhaps. i am not suprised the suspect is from moreton-in-marsh this is a town inhabited almost entirely by inbred halfwits

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