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Ashwood Road attack leaves student with black eye

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 19 year old History student was set upon by a Rottweiler and had two thugs repeatedly punch him whilst he tried to save his car from being vandalised. The attack took place on Ashwood Road in the early hours of Sunday, December 7.

The student, who asked not to be named, was attempting to move his car away from the two vandals who were damaging other cars parked in the street.

The car would not start, and the men verbally abused the student, before one man kicked the car and the other punched the victim repeatedly through an open window.

The two men had been walking down Ashwood Road, vandalising cars and hammering on the front doors of houses.

The student received a black eye, a minor cut to the forehead and had his glasses smashed in the vicious attack.  He was eventually able to start his car and drove to the university campus, where he called the police.

Other students in the area around Ashwood Road and Beechtree Avenue regularly experience incidents of antisocial behaviour, including verbal abuse from children as young as eight. Incidents of criminal damage and assault are, however, relatively infrequent in Runnymede.

Surrey Police told The Founder that despite an “extensive search” of the surrounding area, the suspects were not located. Staines CID are “actively investigating” the incident and the victim has been contacted to provide reassurance.

The student called the assault “terrifying”, saying “I was worried they were going to drag me out of the car and finish me off.” Stating a shared view of Royal Holloway students, he said “I didn’t come to university to be assaulted and scared”.

Police have asked anyone who may have witnessed the incident on Ashwood Road between 01:50 and 02:05 on Sunday 7th December to contact Staines CID on 0845 125 2222 quoting reference RM/08/5378 or to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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