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Pair suspected of park attack are bailed again

WITNESSES WANTED ... Andrew Thornton was attacked in Campbell Park, Hebburn, pictured above.

WITNESSES WANTED ... Andrew Thornton was attacked in Campbell Park, Hebburn, pictured above.

TWO men accused of a brutal attack on a disabled man in South Tyneside have been given bail again by detectives investigating the assault.

Andrew Thornton was left with boot prints on his face after the attack in Hebburn’s Campbell Park.

The 25-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, was walking his dog when he was set upon, at about 4.30pm on March 22.

His father, Michael, posted pictures of the shocking injuries online, shortly after the attack, asking people to come forward with information.

{http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/crime/disabled-man-left-with-boot-prints-on-face-after-park-attack-1-5525826 |How we reported Andrew Thornton’s ordeal}

Within hours, the images of Andrew, from Jarrow, had been shared by hundreds of people.

In the days following the attack, police arrested two men, aged 19 and 23, on suspicion of assault causing actual bodily harm.

They were released on bail until yesterday, while officers continued their investigations. Their bail has now been extended for a further period.

Mr Thornton, 49, said: “He can’t remember much of the attack, apart from having seen a group of three lads aged about 19 to 22 hanging around on Monkton Lane shortly beforehand, and then being aware of someone approaching him quickly from the behind and to the side.

“He was knocked down and concussed. A young lad found him afterwards, called paramedics and stayed with him until they arrived, as did a woman who was passing by.”

Detectives investigating the attack are still looking for anyone with information to contact them on 101 ext 69191.

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