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Coventry father's jaw broken in brutal attack after refusing 60p demand

Felix Nobes 4th Apr, 2019 Updated: 4th Apr, 2019

A COVENTRY father of three says his jaw was broken after he was brutally attacked by another man when he refused him 60p.

Sonia Bale, victim Chris Robson’s partner, has since taken to social media in an appeal to trace the man responsible.

She says the attack happened on Tuesday night (April 2) at about 9pm in Albany Road, Earlsdon, near The City Arms pub.

The pair alleged the well-dressed, muscular man launched a savage flurry of punches after which Mr Robson’s head slammed onto the pavement.

They also believe he used an object which they suspect might have been a knuckle-duster.

Graphic images show the extent of Mr Robson’s injuries and he remains in hospital today. He also suffers from epilepsy.

Ms Bale said: “We were walking up Albany Road to go to The City Arms when a mixed-race bloke approached me and my partner and asked us for 60p.

“My partner told him no and the bloke attacked my partner and has left him with a broken jaw.

“He hit him five or six times and then Chris banged his head on the road.

“Chris tried to defend himself but the bloke hit him with something and he lost balance.

“The bloke was about 6 foot tall, big build with short dark hair.

“This city is getting worse and worse can’t even go out for a social drink without being attacked and what for a poxy 60p.

“I have to be thankful it wasn’t a knife. I hope the police find him.”

A West Midlands Police spokesperson said: “Police are investigating reports of an assault on Albany Road, Earlsdon, shortly after 9pm on Tuesday (April 2).

“A man in his 20s and his friends were approached by another man asking him for money.

“He refused and the offender punched him in the face, resulting in a broken jaw, before he ran away.

“Anyone with information can contact us, quoting crime reference number via 20CV/80234K/19 Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk between 8am and midnight, call 101 anytime or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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