AN 18-YEAR-OLD man suffered a fractured skull and bruising to his brain in a brutal attack which left him unconscious.

The victim also suffered a fractured cheekbone and a blood clot behind his eardrum in the attack by a group of men in Gillingham on Saturday.

At around 10pm on Saturday October 17 two 18-year-old men were walking in the area of Addison Close when they were approached by a group of people who challenged them to fight.

One of the group punched one of the 18-year-old men several times to his head and ears, before he fell to the ground and was knocked unconscious.

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He sustained a fractured cheekbone, a blood clot behind his eardrum, bruising to his brain and a fractured skull.

The second 18-year-old man tried to intervene, but was punched in the face causing a small cut to his lip.

The following day a 20-year-old man from the Gillingham area was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and assault. He has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Detective Sergeant Matt Bradley, of Dorset Police, said: “An investigation is underway into this incident and officers have been carrying out a number of enquiries so far, including carrying out house-to-house visits.

“I am appealing to anyone who was in the Addison Close area and witnessed what happened, or may have any relevant dashcam or home CCTV footage, to please get in touch.

“I understand there were a number of people who came to the aid of the victim and I would ask any of them who have not spoken to police to please contact Dorset Police.”

Information to Dorset Police on 101, quoting occurrence number 55200156664, or the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.