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Unprovoked attack in Exmouth

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One man has been arrested

Detectives in Exmouth investigating an incident of grievous bodily harm in Exmouth, have arrested a man.

The incident was reported to have happened in broad daylight at 12.30pm on Tuesday 13 August. 

The victim and his partner were driving from Dukes Crescent onto Prince of Wales Drive when they were crossed paths with three teenage boys. This group became abusive to the victim before one punched him in the face through the open car window. 

A 19-year-old man from Exmouth has since been arrested in connection with this matter and later released under investigation pending further enquires. 

DC Ailsa Mason said: “The victim was sitting down with his seatbelt on and wearing glasses at the time. He suffered serious facial injuries as a result, including deep lacerations and a facial fracture. 

“The injury could have been far worse and luckily there appears to have been no lasting injury to his sight. 

“This was an unprovoked assault in a residential area in broad daylight. The offenders attacked the victim as he waited to pull out of a junction after walking deliberately slowly in front of his car to instigate the confrontation. 

“Following the assault a number of members of the public from the immediate community came to the aid of the injured man. 

“This victim could have been anyone and it’s a deeply concerning crime.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police via or by calling 101 quoting CR/073364/19.

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