Football fan assaulted in St Leonards after England vs Wales match

Police crime news.
Police crime news.

A football fan claims he was randomly assaulted after watching the England vs Wales match at a St Leonards pub on Thursday (June 16).

The man was walking home from the pub when someone punched him in the head from behind on St John’s Road at around 4pm.

He hit his head on a car as he fell unconscious, with no clue as to who did it, but when the victim came to his senses, the assailant had gone but nothing was stolen.

The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, was taken to hospital with head trauma and told the Observer he now feels anxious about leaving the house.

“I don’t know whether it was planned or what,” he said.

“I would rather they mugged me but as they didn’t take anything, it makes you think why?”

“It makes you not want to come out.”

After the jubilation of England winning on Thursday afternoon, the football fan was walking home in normal clothes when he approached a man he thought was his friend.

When he reached him, he realised it was not his friend, and he was punched to the side of the head.

He was not wearing an England shirt and cannot understand his attackers motive, especially as his wallet and phone were not taken.

The suspect is described as a white man in his 20s, about 5’8” with short brown hair.

The victim and police are appealing for anyone with information to call 101 or email, quoting serial 994 of 16/06.

Alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit

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