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Detectives are appealing for witnesses to help them trace three people seen kicking a man on the ground outside Fleming Park, Eastleigh, at around midnight yesterday morning - Sunday, April 1.
The 25-year-old, who is from the West End area of Southampton, had enjoyed a night out in the town and was walking along Passfield Avenue when he was assaulted.
Police were alerted by members of the public who reported seeing a young woman and two men standing over him, kicking him repeatedly as he lay on the ground.
The victim was taken to Southampton General Hospital, where he is currently receiving treatment for serious head injuries, including a bleed on the brain, a fractured jaw and severe bruising.
Detectives have been conducting house-to-house inquiries, and a crime scene examination and search is being conducted in the area today.
Detective Inspector Martin Myers, who is leading the investigation into the assault, said: “Passfield Avenue is a very popular route and would have been busy around midnight.
“This is an extremely nasty assault and we want to find those responsible quickly. We’re asking for anyone who was in the area and witnessed this to come and speak to us.
“We are particularly appealing to motorists and taxi drivers who will have passed at this time – did you see this man lying on the ground? Do you think you may have seen the two men and the young woman in that area?
“Anyone with any information at all no matter how small, please call us now on 101. We have officers conducting house to house inquiries in the area today, and hope to speak to the victim to see what he can remember, but it is really important if you didsee anything that you call us as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information should call Eastleigh CID on 101. Alternatively, information can be left anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.