THESE are the horrific injuries a man sustained in a savage early-morning attack by a gang of thugs when he asked them to stop insulting his partner.
Brian Daurge was left nursing cuts and bruises – including footmarks on his face and back – which he suffered as he lay helpless on the ground as a gang of four or five thugs viciously attacked him.
The shocking attack happened in Church Square, Hartlepool, at around 4am on Sunday as Brian and his partner Carly Hall made their way home from a night out.
The attack began when members of the gang began verbally absuing Carly, and Brian asked them to stop.
At that point they turned violent, launching an attack on the 32-year-old shop supervisor and shouting they were going to kill him.
Carly was also left nursing bruises as she desperately tried to get the attackers off Brian.
The couple were taken to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, where Brian was given x-rays.
Today, Brian described his attackers as “cowardly”.
He said: “Why do they need to fight in big gangs? It’s ridiculous.
“It’s cowardly behaviour. Fair enough one-on-one, but I didn’t stand a chance against five.”
Mum-of-two Carly suffered a bump to the head and injuries to her finger and ankle, as well as bruising.
The couple had just left The Loft bar in Church Street and made their way towards Church Square when the incident happened.
Brian added: “The last thing I remember is someone giving abuse to Carly.
“They were urinating up against the art college and one of them turned round.
“I said ‘there’s no need’, we had been out for a good night and just wanted to go home.
“But then I remember them jumping and stamping on my head and Carly was on the ground.
“I must have blacked out, then woke up and heard one of them shouting ‘I’m going to kill him’.
“I woke up again and the police were there, who knows when it might have ended if they hadn’t arrived?”
Part-time shop assistant Carly, 33, from the town centre area, added: “I think these people are disgusting.
“We have no idea who they were.
“We shouldn’t have to be worried or scared on a night out.
“They are alright when they are in a group and have had a drink, they weren’t bothered about what they were doing whatsoever.
“I tried to jump in and stop them, but I’m only a small lass, there was so many of them.
“What worries me is that they might go and do it again, or they might have done it before – how many other times might they have done it?” A Cleveland Police spokesman said: “We attended an altercation in Church Square. “A man complained of being assaulted and inquiries are ongoing.”
No arrests have yet been made.
Any witnesses in the area at the time, or anyone else with information, is urged to contact Hartlepool Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.