SOS Bus medics rescue man attacked at Norwich train station
07:51 18 September 2012
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SOS Bus medics came to the rescue of a man who was attacked and left with a fractured eye socket in the car park at Norwich train station.
British Transport Police detectives want to hear from anyone with information about the incident, which took place in the early hours of Sunday, September 2.
The 32-year-old victim, from the local area, had been on a night out in Norwich and was walking back to the station to get a taxi home.
Unprovoked, two men set upon the victim in the station car park around 2.30am and knocked him to the floor before continuing to kick him.
The men ran off after being disturbed by SOS Bus medics, who witnessed the attack.
East of England Ambulance Service medics attended and took the victim to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, where he was treated for a fractured eye socket, swelling to the lips and eyes.
He also had a number of teeth knocked out.
Detective Sergeant Jon Pine, one of the investigating officers, said: “This was a vicious and unprovoked attack on a man simply trying to make his way home after a night out.
“We’re making local enquiries into the incident and want to hear from anyone with information. If you saw the attack, or have any information about the incident that could help our investigation, please get in touch.”
The SOS Bus has a regular base in Prince of Wales Road and the bus and its resident medical unit provide a safe haven for vulnerable people every Friday and Saturday night between 9pm and 3am.
Colin Lang set up the SOS Bus in Norwich in 2001 following the Evening News’s Home Safe and Sound campaign, which was prompted by the river deaths of Nick Green, 16, and James Toms, 21, following nights out in the city.
Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police on freefone 0800 405040 quoting reference B11/LNA of September 17. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.