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Brutal assault at the William Harvey Pub in Ashford

A man had to be revived after suffering a brutal beating at a pub.

Etienne Bailey sustained numerous facial injuries after being attacked at the William Harvey Inn, Ashford last Thursday.

Two men set upon the 51-year-old at around 7.55pm, with the man allegedly being "hit several times over the head with fire extinguishers knocking him unconscious".

Etienne Bailey suffered extensive injuries following the horrific assault
Etienne Bailey suffered extensive injuries following the horrific assault

A fundraiser set up to help pay his bills and rent has raised more than £2,000.

A post on the page added that the men "continued the attack until other people intervened and the offenders fled the scene."

Being transferred from the Church Road pub to the William Harvey Hospital, the victim had to be resuscitated due to his injuries.

Mr Bailey - known as Tiny to his friends - couldn't breathe through his nose due to bleeding and a split mouth meant he could only drink.

It's believed that his head is fractured, and scans have been sent for analysis.

The attack took place at the William Harvey Pub on Thursday
The attack took place at the William Harvey Pub on Thursday

Five days later, his eyes are still too swollen to open.

The victim, a popular face at the supermarket he works in, is expected to be unable to work for at least four weeks and a fundraiser is hoping to alleviate the financial issues that would entail.

So far £2,204 has been raised by the three-day-old Gofundme campaign, which has already been shared more than 2,000 times.

Police are now appealing for information relating to the assault.

Etienne Bailey ended up having to be resuscitated at the William Harvey Hospital
Etienne Bailey ended up having to be resuscitated at the William Harvey Hospital

A police spokeswoman said: "Crime Scene Investigators have gathered forensic evidence from the scene. Officers are also examining CCTV footage of the incident. Enquiries are ongoing.

"Anyone with information should call the Kent Police East Kent appeal line on 01843 222289 quoting reference 46/157567/19.

"Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or using the anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org."

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