Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I Didn't Do Anything, but They Took Their Anger out on Me; STUDENT'S APPEAL TO FIND THUGS WHO BROKE HIS JAW

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I Didn't Do Anything, but They Took Their Anger out on Me; STUDENT'S APPEAL TO FIND THUGS WHO BROKE HIS JAW

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Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY

THEIR kicks and punches smashed his jaw and shattered his self-confidence.

James Clayton had been a fun-loving outgoing student before a chance encounter with five thugs in Newcastle city centre.

But today, still recovering from the unprovoked attack which left his jaw broken in three places, the 20-year-old is frightened to go out at night.

James does not remember being attacked as he walked through the city after celebrating a friend's 21st birthday. He blacked-out as the yobs kicked and punched him after an argument with one of his friends.

But the graphic design student remembers waking-up in agony at the foot of Grey's Monument with a broken jaw.

Five months on James is learning to live with the three metal plates that now hold his shattered jaw together while trying to regain the confidence to get on with his life.

I did And police are making a renewed appeal for help to catch his violent attackers who have never been traced. "The last few months have been a nightmare for me," he said. "This has massively knocked my confidence and I'm still scared to go out at night.

provoke "could it if I something "I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. I didn't even say anything to them, they just took their anger out on me."

James had been out with a group of friends on Friday, November 13, when he ran into his attackers, outside Pret a Manger on Grainger Street, at around 2.20am.

The students were approached by a gang of five men who began rowing with one of James' pals.

But as James walked away with another friend, the yobs decided to take their frustrations out on him.

One of the group punched him in the face and kicked him before they all ran off together.

"I don't remember exactly what happened because I blacked out," he said. "We were on our way back and these guys came up and started hassling one of my mates and he just ignored him. I was walking ahead with someone else and that's the last thing I remember before coming round at the monument." By the time he came to James' friends had summoned police and paramedics. …

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