Rugby player suffers horrific injuries in attack

Rugby player suffers horrific injuries in attack

Rugby player suffers horrific injuries in attack

First published in News

A HAMPSHIRE rugby player was left with horrific facial injuries when his head was smashed on a kerb in an unprovoked attack.

Ben Stewart was set upon as he and his team-mates were celebrating winning their first match of the season.

He suffered a broken nose, cuts, bruising and swelling but no one has yet been arrested for the vicious assault.

Ben, 32, lives in Chandler’s Ford and plays as a winger with Bournemouth RFC. He was attacked in the town’s Old Christchurch Road.

New Zealand-born Ben, who has played for Bournemouth for four years, said: “A group of men and women walking in the other direction made a remark to us and I don’t remember anything after that. My friend remembers being pushed over and then seeing me on the pavement. There was a lot of blood and the group ran away.”

Ben was taken to Poole Hospital where he remained for 24 hours while X-rays were carried out for suspected skull and facial fractures.

Ben added: “I was very lucky that it was only my nose that was broken.”

Ben, who works in sales for Bacardi Martini, was forced to stay off work for a week and has been unable to play for Bournemouth since.

He helped the team win promotion to National League 2 South last season.

He said: “If anyone knows who did this, I would like them to contact the police.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or the anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.

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9:01am Wed 3 Oct 12

saintmartin says...

Date and name of the road would be helpful.

So here it is.

Ben and his friends spent some time in Charminster on the evening of Saturday, September 1 before heading to the town centre and splitting up. They arranged to meet later in Walkabout.

“There were just two of us heading down Old Christchurch Road to Walkabout when this happened,”
Date and name of the road would be helpful. So here it is. Ben and his friends spent some time in Charminster on the evening of Saturday, September 1 before heading to the town centre and splitting up. They arranged to meet later in Walkabout. “There were just two of us heading down Old Christchurch Road to Walkabout when this happened,” saintmartin
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1:04pm Wed 3 Oct 12

Redhat says...

It's really sad that so many little boys out there would do something like this, especially if it was unprovoked!!

Hope they catch the thugs who did this.

Get well soon Ben
It's really sad that so many little boys out there would do something like this, especially if it was unprovoked!! Hope they catch the thugs who did this. Get well soon Ben Redhat
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2:27pm Wed 3 Oct 12

Huey says...

Redhat wrote:
It's really sad that so many little boys out there would do something like this, especially if it was unprovoked!! Hope they catch the thugs who did this. Get well soon Ben
yeah I doubt who ever did it would have the nuts to square up to him, mano a mano
[quote][p][bold]Redhat[/bold] wrote: It's really sad that so many little boys out there would do something like this, especially if it was unprovoked!! Hope they catch the thugs who did this. Get well soon Ben[/p][/quote]yeah I doubt who ever did it would have the nuts to square up to him, mano a mano Huey
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6:00pm Wed 3 Oct 12

SotonLad says...

“A group of men and women walking in the other direction made a remark to us and I don’t remember anything after that."

Convenient - said something back at them and came off worse.
“A group of men and women walking in the other direction made a remark to us and I don’t remember anything after that." Convenient - said something back at them and came off worse. SotonLad
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