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Disabled man robbed and attacked on his birthday

Detectives are appealing for information after a disabled man was robbed and viciously assaulted on a night out to celebrate his birthday.

The 31-year-old suffered severe bruising after being robbed of his watch and jewellery at Marks Hall Moors in Harlow on Tuesday, April 19, 2011.

He had been celebrating at a pub near his home in Bishop's Stortford when he met two men who invited him to a party in Harlow.

All three travelled from Bishop's Stortford to Harlow on a 510 Arriva night bus and got off near Mark Hall Moors.

They were walking near the garage area between 2am and 3am when the victim was suddenly punched in the face and ribs by the other men. 

The injured man was then ordered to hand over his watch, a ring and a necklace collectively vaued at £230.

The attackers were both white, aged 17 to 18 and about 5ft 9in tall. One was of skinny build and had short dark hair with a fringe. He was wearing a white hooded Adidas top. The other had short curly heavily-gelled hair and was wearing a grey T-shirt, blue jeans and black trainers.

Investigating officer Dc Tom Dinsdale said: "This was a particularly vicious and cowardly attack as the victim is disabled due to a stroke in his early life. He has no movement in his left arm and limited movement in his right leg causing him to walk with a limp and therefore unable to defend himself.

"The victim was wearing a blue jacket with a green John Smith’s T-shirt underneath and due to his limp, he is very distinctive. It is believed that the suspects were carrying a yellow JD Sports bag.

"I would like to hear from anyone who might have been on the same bus or saw the three men walking in Mark Hall Moors or the surrounding area before the attack happened.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Dc Dinsdale at Harlow police station on 0300 333 4444 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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