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Appeal by wife of vicious pub assault victim

THE wife of a man fighting for his life in hospital after being savagely attacked outside a pub has urged people with information to come forward.

The 45-year-old victim suffered multiple fractures to his skull when he was seriously assaulted by a group of people outside the Railway Bell pub in Anglesea Place, Gravesend, on Friday night at around 10pm.

The man, from Northfleet, was taken to Darent Valley Hospital but was later transferred to Kings College hospital in London, where he remains in a critical but stable condition.

His wife said: "This incident has left our families and myself in a state of shock and our priority at the moment is to focus on getting my husband better.

"I would appeal for anyone who knows anything about this assault to contact the police."

Det Insp Ian Rogerson added: "This assault has been very traumatic for the victim and both his and his wife’s family.

"The uncertainty over his health is causing them constant concern and as such it is vital that any witnesses to this incident come forward as soon as possible."

Two other 27-year-old men from the Gravesend area were also assaulted and received minor injuries.

Three men are in police custody after being arrested in connection with the assault.

A further two men, aged 26 and 17, both from the Gravesend area, have been bailed after being arrested at the scene of the incident on Friday.

Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses.

Det Insp Rogerson said: "We are aware of a bus that was near to the pub at the time as well as a taxi and we would urge the driver of both these vehicles to contact us as they may have information that could prove vital to the investigation."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 01474 565211. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers free and confidentially on 0800 555111.

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