Fosse Hotel attack - Police appeal for witnesses one week on

15 Dec 2016 13:23 PM

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Police in Newcastle are running an operation in the Walker area this evening as part of an appeal for witnesses to a serious attack that left a man in hospital with a fractured skull.

Around 4.20pm on Thursday, December 8, a group of 12 masked men in a white van attacked a man who was standing outside of the Fosse Hotel pub on the Fossway.

They were armed with bats, metal bars, hatchets, knives and ammonia and left the victim with a fractured skull and stab wounds.

Shortly before the attack the same group of men entered the Jubilee club on Proctor Street before travelling to the Fosse Hotel and carrying out the assault.

At around 4pm today (Dec 15) officers will be in the two areas, around the Fosse Hotel and the Jubilee club, carrying out a high visibility appeal for information.

Neighbourhood and response officers will be out on foot speaking to members of the public and motor patrols officers will be out on the roads stopping drivers to see if they saw anything this time last week.

Superintendent David Felton said: "It's exactly seven days since this attack happened and we will have officers in the area this evening to speak to people and appeal for information.

"It happened on a typical Thursday early evening in Walker. It was busy around the Fosse Hotel area with people coming and going and with lots of cars on the roads, dog walkers passing through and people travelling. There is every possibility that lots of people could have seen something that happened that day and we are hoping to catch them tonight and speak to them. 

"A white Vauxhall Vivaro van full of 12 men, all wearing masks, was driving around the area this time last week and this stands out. If anyone saw anything suspicious or they think they have any information that could help us with the investigation then please speak to our officers tonight or ring us and pass it on.

"People can pass any information on completely anonymously to Crimestoppers and any information that goes to them and leads to catching and convicting these men could qualify for a cash reward."

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 757 09/12/16 or through ringing Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Four men have been arrested in connection with the incident. One man has been charged with aggravated taking of a vehicle without consent.

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