At­tacked on a night out

Glamorgan Gazette - - Front Page - BRONTE HOWARD bronte.howard@waleson­line.co.uk

THESE were the in­juries club­ber Liam Swain suf­fered when he was at­tacked in a Brid­gend town cen­tre night­club on a birth­day night out.

A MAN cel­e­brat­ing his 25th birth­day in a Brid­gend night­club says he’s been left with blurred vi­sion and anx­i­ety af­ter a “ter­ri­fy­ing” at­tack.

Liam Swain was en­joy­ing a rare night out with his friend at Ho­bos in Queen Queen on May 27 when he said he was was at­tacked from be­hind – caus­ing mul­ti­ple in­juries which re­quired stitches.

Mr Swain, a health­care sup­port worker from Brid­gend, said: “I had gone out with a friend to Ho­bos for some birth­day drinks.

“We de­cided to leave and go for some drinks some­where else when a man came up to me and kept say­ing ‘keep her away from me’ about my friend.

“I didn’t know what he was talk­ing about and I’d never seen him be­fore so I ig­nored him and we started to walk away.

“That’s when he punched me in the back of the head.

“I fell to the ground and he started kick­ing me in the face.

“How peo­ple can think it’s ac­cept­able to kick some­one when they’re on the floor is be­yond me.”

Mr Swain and his friend were es­corted out­side through the front en­trance while the man who at­tacked Mr Swain was taken out through the back.

Se­cu­rity staff called the po­lice but Mr Swain said he didn’t want to wait so the pair caught a taxi to the A&E de­part­ment at Princess of Wales Hos­pi­tal in Brid­gend where he was treated for his in­juries.

The at­tack left Mr Swain with a large lac­er­a­tion to his el­bow which re­quired stitches, bruis­ing and a large cut above his right eye.

De­spite the bruis­ing and cuts start­ing to heal, he says he is still suf­fer­ing from blurred vi­sion be­cause blood ves­sels be­hind his eye were dam­aged, but he’s hope­ful his eye­sight will re­turn to nor­mal in a cou­ple of weeks.

“I’m re­ally anx­ious now. I don’t re­ally go out of­ten any­way but I don’t want to go to a bar again,” he said.

“It was ter­ri­fy­ing, I didn’t re­ally know what was hap­pen­ing. All I can re­mem­ber af­ter I fell to the ground was the man kick­ing me in the face.

“My friend was shaken up too. It’s just not some­thing you ex­pect to hap­pen and I don’t know why he did it.”

South Wales Po­lice con­firmed of­fi­cers were called to the club and are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the as­sault.

A spokes­woman for the force said: “We are ap­peal­ing for in­for­ma­tion af­ter an as­sault at Ho­bos in Queen Street, Brid­gend, on May 27 at around 2am.

“A 25-year-old man from Brid­gend at­tended Princess of Wales Hos­pi­tal where he was treated for his in­juries.

“En­quiries are on­go­ing and any­one who may have in­for­ma­tion which could as­sist this in­ves­ti­ga­tion is asked to call us on 101, quot­ing ref­er­ence 1800189189 or call Crimestop­pers anony­mously on 0800 555 111.”

Liam Swain was at­tacked in­side a night­club in Brid­gend

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