KIRKBY: Hunt for brutal attacker who left victim needing facial reconstruction

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Kirkby Police are renewing appeals to find to find a muscular thug who left a man needing facial reconstruction after smashing his face with a metre-long spirit level.

Officers have again appealed for any witnesses to the incident, which took place in Kirkby on Christmas Day, to come forward.

The attack took place at around 11.30pm, when a 20-year-old man was walking close to an alleyway by Titchfield Park, heading towards Church Street. He was approached by a man who had been heading to the park from the direction of Kirby Cross.

He spoke briefly to the victim before hitting him across the head with a spirit level, which he’d been carrying. The victim was in King’s Mill Hospital for four days, receiving medical treatment. He subsequently had to have reconstructive surgery at the Queen’s Medical Centre.

The attacker is described as white, 6ft tall, of very large, muscular build with short, brown hair. He was wearing a cream jumper that had zip down to the chest. The spirit level was around 1m long.

Investigating officer, PC Luke Hardern, said: “This was a serious, and unprovoked assault resulting in a serious and painful injury. An attack like this can leave physical scars but the psychological effects can go on much longer. If you saw a man matching the description around the time of the incident or you know who committed this offence, please come forward.”

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously.