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I thought I was going to die
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THE victim of a horrific attack which left him unconscious and with serious head injuries after a charity fight night says he feels lucky to be alive.
Wesley Joyce was attending the event at City Gym, Sheriff Street, Worcester, on Saturday when he was set upon outside and hit with a wine bottle and fire extinguisher.
The 31-year-old relived the terrifying moment he was confronted by an armed gang, describing it as like a scene from the football hooligan film Green Street .
He said: “I went with my brother and some of my friends were fighting there. My brother had left five minutes before me.
“I went down the stairs, walked out the door and I’ve seen these people in twos or threes with weapons. They were armed with bottles, bats and everything. I don’t even know if they were in the event. Before I could turn around, I was hit by the bottle. I remember coming round and seeing the fire extinguisher next to me.
“Two people sat me down inside. The blood was streaming from my head. If it wasn’t for them, I would have been dead. I’ve got four young children and I’m glad I’m still here.
“People are saying I’ve been unlucky, but I think I’ve been lucky. I’m glad it happened where it did because if I had been down the road on my own then I would have been dead.”
Mr Joyce, of Ronkswood, who played for Worcester City Football Club as a teenager, denied reports of a mass brawl as reported in your Worcester News , and said it had otherwise been a successful night.
He said: “There was no trouble really. There were a couple of scuffles but nothing worse than you would get in a nightclub.
“It was all run really well. The organisers apologised to me, but it [didn’t happen] in their gym.
“It’s just a shame people are ruining good events where the people doing them have put in so much hard work. They were just some thugs from somewhere else that came to ruin a good event.”
The former soldier and fork-lift truck driver praised staff who rushed to his aid and the emergency services, saying they “saved my life”.
However, he said he did not hold out much hope of catching his attackers as he could recall little of the incident.
“I won’t be pursuing anything because there’s no point in wasting people’s time,” he said. “You can’t pin something on someone when you don’t know who it was.
"I was in the wrong place at the wrong time. It could have been anybody. We’ll never know the true story.”
PC Alex Denny, investigating, said: “Witnesses have told us the victim was attacked by a group of six or seven black males and it has been alleged he was struck with a fire extinguisher and a bottle.”
Police are appealing for witnesses to the assault to get in touch by calling 101 or ringing Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.