University of Lincoln student walking home alone ‘dragged to ground and kicked...

University of Lincoln student walking home alone ‘dragged to ground and kicked in face’ in street attack

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University of Lincoln student walking home alone 'dragged to ground and kicked in face' in street attack

A University of Lincoln student has been left with a broken jaw after being dragged to the ground by two men in a street attack.

Ben Sherriff, 20, left the student night ‘Quack’ at The Engine Shed and was just outside the train tracks on Brayford Wharf East when he said he was approached by two men and attacked.

He said: “I’d just come out of the Student Union and turned left towards the train track.

“I was pulled down to the ground and hit. I put my hands out to try and cover myself.”

Mr Sherriff said he was then kicked in the face while on the floor.

The incident is believed to have gone on for a few more minutes.

He said: “I laid there for a bit before coughing up blood.

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“My t-shirt was ripped completely in half, my shoes were torn, and my jeans were ripped as well. The only thing I can remember afterwards was that there was a group of people around me.”

After being escorted back to the Student Union, Mr Sherriff was taken to hospital.

An X-ray revealed he has been left with a broken jaw.

Witnesses have said the attackers – both thought to be males – were not wearing coats, with one man believed to be short with a beard, and the other, tall with a slender physique wearing a royal top.

One eye witness has claimed they heard the name “Elliott” shouted during the attack.

An online Facebook appeal offering £100 for identification, upon conviction of the alleged attackers, has been launched by Mr Sherriff and his friends.

Following the incident, he has finished his second year early to be with his family and says he no longer feels safe in Lincoln.

He said: “I feel very anxious now, like I need someone to be with me at all times in case it happens again.

And he has issued advice to students following the attack.

He said: “If you can take anything from this, it’s to not walk home alone.

“I didn’t think it was that much of an issue, but obviously it is. Make sure you are with someone.”

Lincolnshire Police has confirmed officers are investigating an incident of GBH on a man in his 20s on Wednesday. May 10 between 2.45am and 3.15am.

A spokesperson said: “The offender was thought to be a white man, 6ft and wearing a blue jumper.”

Anyone has any information regarding the incident, they should ring 101 quoting incident number 39 of May 10.

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