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Stokesley jogger attacked


11:36am 23rd May 2011

Stokesley police are appealing for witnesses after a jogger was injured in an unprovoked attack.

The victim, a 23 year old local man, suffered a broken nose and extensive bruising to his face and body when he was assaulted while out running on the B1257 between Stokesley and Great Broughton at around 7.30pm on Tuesday 17th May 2011.

The offender got out of a black car and repeatedly punched the victim to the head and body before getting back in the vehicle and making off in the direction of Great Broughton.

The suspect is described as white, aged in his late 20s, stocky with a muscular athletic build and short dark hair. He was wearing a black short-sleeved top and black Nike Air Max tracksuit bottoms.

Officers are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or knows who may be responsible for the attack to come forward.

PC Christopher Ross, of Stokesley Safer Neighbourhood Team, said:

“This would appear to be an unprovoked attack for which the motive remains unclear.

“The victim suffered some nasty injuries which required him to stay overnight at the Friarage Hospital.

“Anyone who witnessed the assault, was in the area at the time of the incident, or has any other information that can help the investigation is urged to contact the police or Crimestoppers.”

Anyone who can help the police with their enquiries is urged to contact PC Christopher Ross, of Stokesely Safer Neighbourhood Team, on 0845 60 60 24 7, quoting reference number 12110081546.

Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111.

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