Baseball bat attack at Crawley restaurant

Police are appelaing for information
Police are appelaing for information

A restaurant customer was attacked by a man wielding a baseball bat in a ‘nasty’ attack in Crawley on Monday (May 2), police said.

The victim, a 32-year-old local man, was sat inside Chicko’s in The Boulevard at about 7pm when he was attacked by two men who entered the restaurant.

A spokesperson for Sussex Police said one man hit him over the head with a baseball bat and the second punched him.

The victim suffered cuts and bruises that required hospital treatment, the spokesperson added.

The spokesperson said: “It is believed the two suspects, along with two other men, drove off in a dark coloured people carrier with taxi markings parked behind the Old Punch Bowl pub.”

The man who used the baseball bat is described as Asian, tall and well-built. He was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms, a blue baseball cap and long scarf around his neck.

The second man is described as Asian with a dark beard and was wearing a grey hooded jumper.

Detective Sergeant Vicki Tomlinson said “This was a particularly nasty assault which happened in a busy part of town on a Bank Holiday.

“We are keen to trace a young family who were inside the restaurant at the time not only because they could provide some key information, but also to ensure they’re spoken to and any welfare needs catered for as this must have been a traumatic incident to witness.”

Witnesses can email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting reference 1228 of 02/05.

Alternatively, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 (http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org/).

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