Soldier Critical After Unprovoked Attack on Teesside

Soldier hurt in unprovoked attack

A soldier recently back from a tour of duty in Afghanistan is seriously ill after being assaulted on Teesside.

The victim had been socialising with his family in Eston on Tuesday evening when he became involved in an altercation with two men.

Police said he was punched to the ground in an "unprovoked attack" by one man and suffered a serious head injury.

The 22-year-old soldier was taken to the James Cook University Hospital, where he is in a critical condition.

Police want to trace two men seen running from the scene after the attack, near the Eston Institute at about 1840 BST.

Both are thought to be in their early 20s. One was wearing a white tracksuit top and the other had a grey hooded top and tracksuit bottoms with white stripes on the sides.

They are believed to have been with a third man who left before the incident took place.

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Published: 2010/05/12 07:19:23 GMT

Good luck, lad.
Labour 'heartland' is it not? Bad losers.

Get well soon soldier and never forget you are worth a thousand unemployed and unemployable yobs hanging around Teeside.

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