Plea for witnesses to attack

Actor's Bar and Club in Maiden Street

Keith Treggiden

First published in News Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

A MAN’S skull was fractured in an attack in Weymouth.

Police today made an urgent appeal for information after the assault which happened in the early hours.

A man is being quizzed in connection with the attack in which it is alleged a 52-year-old Weymouth man was pushed through the doorway of Actor’s Bar in Maiden Street, and fell to the ground, sustaining the fracture and bleeding to the brain.

He was initially taken to Dorset County Hospital and later Southampton General Hospital, where he remains in a stable condition.

The incident happened more than a week ago and it was initially thought no one else was involved and the police were not informed.

But after a complaint was made and the victim was spoken to, Dorset Police launched an investigation.

Officers have arrested and bailed a 26-year-old Portland man on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and are now appealing for witnesses.

Detective Constable Siobhan Lovering, of Weymouth CID, said: “This incident caused a very serious injury.

“As it occurred in a busy area of town a number of people may have witnessed what happened.

“I am appealing for anyone who saw the incident, or has any information about the events leading up to it, to contact Dorset Police.”

The victim is described as a white man, of slim build and was wearing jeans, a hooded top and a baseball cap. Keith Treggiden, chairman of the town’s Pubwatch, moved to assured revellers that Weymouth is a safe venue for a night out.

Mr Treggiden said: “I would say Weymouth is a safe place to go.

“It has no more ups and downs than any other town.”

As reported in the Echo, councillors decided not to impose a Late Night Levy (LNL) and Early Morning Restriction (EMRO) because there has been a decline in violence in the town and there are no major problems with noise.

A voluntary agreement with late-night venues to stop serving alcohol earlier also appears to be a success.

Cllr Mike Goodman, briefholder for community safety, said: “The record of Weymouth as a safe holiday resort is well established. It is not a dangerous area but in all areas from time to time, there will be incidents.

“We have a good relationship with the nightclub owners and operators and they, by and large, are very res-ponsible in their actions.

“Recently, we have seen them voluntarily bring forward the time at which they close.

“I would like to reassure the public that Weymouth is a safe place to go out with your families at night.”

Cllr Goodman wished the injured man a speedy recovery.

The incident is alleged to have happened between 3am and 4am on Sunday, August 3.

Police were informed this week of the alleged incident.

The Echo was unable to get in touch with the owner of Actor’s.

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 9:488.

Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

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