Man suffers fractured skull after being butted in face outside Swansea pub
POLICE are appealing for witnesses to an unprovoked attack which saw a man pull up to a pub in a taxi, jump out of the car and butt the victim in the face before being driven off in the cab.
The attack left the 24-year-old victim needing surgery for a fractured skull and facial injuries.
Officers are urging anyone with information — including the cabbie who may have driven the attacker on the night in question — to come forward.
The incident happened outside the Tenby pub on Walter Road in Swansea in the early hours of New Year's Day, but officers say they are only now able to release the details due to the victim's medical condition.
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Detective Constable Emma Hughes of Swansea Central CID said: "This appears to be a totally unprovoked attack on this young man who had been out enjoying the New Year celebrations.
"We believe that at the time there were numerous people in the area who may have witnessed this incident. It is also believed that the culprit may have got into a taxi with another male that drove off towards Hanover Street.
"I am appealing to the taxi driver to come forward and also to anyone who was in the vicinity and saw the assault or who has any information which could help us to identity the person responsible to contact us."
The attack happened around 12.30am on January 1.
The victim was later treated in Morriston Hospital for a fracture on the left side of the skull. Police have released a description of a man they want to talk to in connection with the incident.
He is described as white, 5ft 10in, of a stocky or athletic build, aged in his early 30s, and with short, spiky, gelled brown hair.
Can you help? Call Swansea Central CID on 01792 450618 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111