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Man is attacked with a hammer in Basildon
A MAN needed hospital treatment after he was smashed over the head with a hammer.
The 44-year-old was in the Town Square, near the Basildon Centre, when he was set upon by two thugs. One of them then wielded the hammer.
The man was taken to Basildon Hospital for treatment but police said his injuries were not “life changing” and he is not in a serious condition.
Pat Rackley, Labour councillor for St Martin’s ward, who was on her way to a meeting at the council offices when she came across the aftermath of the attack, spoke of her shock.
She said: “The car park near the council officers was completely cordoned off and so was part of the Town Square.
“There were police with dogs searching the area.When we finished our meeting at 9pm the police were still blocking off part of the town.
“This is just absolutely horrific. It makes you think about whether you would go into the Town Square at night on your own, and I probably wouldn’t after this.”
A 41-year-old man from Basildon was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm, while a 47-year-old, also from Basildon, was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm.Both have been released on police bail until December while officers continue to investigate.
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