Police release CCTV after brutal club attack

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POLICE have released CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to after a clubber was subjected to a brutal attack.

Nicholas Sampson-Barnes, of East Boldon, suffered a smashed eye socket when he was punched in the face by a stranger during a night out in Newcastle.

CCTV of a man wanted in connection with an attack on South Tyneside teenager, Nicholas Sampson-Barnes.

CCTV of a man wanted in connection with an attack on South Tyneside teenager, Nicholas Sampson-Barnes.

The man ran off and the 19-year-old made his way home, not realising the extent of his injuries.

The 19-year-old went to his GP the next day and was referred to Sunderland Eye Infirmary where he was told his socket was fractured and needed surgery to have a titanium plate inserted.

Mr Sampson-Barnes said: “I had just left the club and had only walked about 15 metres along the street when I realised someone was behind me.

“I turned round just as he swung at me and he caught my eye. Then he just ran off.

CCTV of a man wanted in connection with an attack on South Tyneside teenager, Nicholas Sampson-Barnes.

CCTV of a man wanted in connection with an attack on South Tyneside teenager, Nicholas Sampson-Barnes.

“When I was on the floor I realised I couldn’t see, but I just got into a taxi and went home. I woke up the next morning and my eye was all swollen and I had double vision.

“There was no reason for it at all.

“It was just pointless, I hadn’t done anything to him.

“Some people just seem to want to do things like that. I just don’t want him to get away with it.”

To help with their investigation, police have released CCTV images of a man they believe may be able to help them with their investigation, more than a month after it took place at 3am on April 28.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “We’ve been carrying out extensive inquiries into the assault and we’re now in a position to release CCTV images of a man who we believe can help with our inquiries into it.

“I’d urge anyone who recognises him or the man himself to come forward. We’re committed to finding the person responsible and would urge anyone with information to contact police.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 ex 69191 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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