Critically injured man was assaulted

DETECTIVES believe a 36-year-old man who was found man lying unconscious on a town centre street with serious head injuries was the victim of a vicious assault.

DETECTIVES believe a 36-year-old man who was found man lying unconscious on a town centre street with serious head injuries was the victim of a vicious assault.

Tony Latchford is currently fighting for his life in Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, after being found unconscious at St Andrew's Street South, Bury St Edmunds last Saturday.

Initially, officers investigation the case were mystified over how Mr Latchford, who lives in Bury, sustained his injuries.

But following a medical examination, it is now thought he was the victim of a brutal and sustained attack, probably carried out by more than one person.


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Police are now appealing for anyone who witnessed the assault or know of Mr Latchford's whereabouts prior to the attack to come forward.

It is known Mr Latchford was in the nearby Grapes public house from about 5.30pm to 6.30pm prior to being found at 7.45pm, but the events surrounding and leading up to the attack remain a mystery.

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Earlier this week detectives took the unusual step of releasing a photograph of the victim in an attempt to trace anyone who may have seen him in the area at the time of the assault, but the response has been poor.

Now, Det Insp David Rutterford, who is leading the investigation, has repeated his call for witnesses to come forward.

"It is vital that people look at Mr Latchford's photograph and let us know if they recognise him and saw him on the day of the assault.

"We know that there were a number of people on St Andrew's Street South at the time of the incident and we need to hear from them as a matter of urgency."

Mr Latchford was originally taken to the West Suffolk Hospital, but his condition is so serious he has now been transferred to a specialist unit at Addenbrooke's.

A 30-year-old man who has been arrested in connection with the incident has now been released on police bail and is due back at Bury St Edmunds police station on February 20.

No further action is to be taken in respect to a 12-year-old boy from Stowmarket who was also arrested following the incident.

Anyone with any information should telephone Bury CID on 01284 774100 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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