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Coma man fights for life after street attack

PUBLISHED: 16:23 21 August 2008 | UPDATED: 13:33 05 October 2010

A MAN is fighting for his life more than a week after being attacked by a gang in London's East End. The 30-year-old needed emergency surgery for a fractured skull. Police today were appealed for witnesses following the attack in Bethnal Green around 2am on August 9. They closed off part of Bethnal Green-road following the attack

A MAN is fighting for his life more than a week after being attacked by a gang in London's East End.

The 30-year-old needed emergency surgery for a fractured skull.

Police today were appealed for witnesses following the attack in Bethnal Green around 2am on August 9.

They believe it may have been a robbery that went wrong.

Officers closed off part of the main A1209 Bethnal Green-road following the attack on the corner of Hague-street.

Nearby resident Lynsey Pow said: "The road was sealed off and e saw the police forensics taking photographs in the alley."

The area remained cordoned off until 4pm the next day, much to the anger of shopkeepers along Bethnal Green-road who later complained of being unable to reach their premises.

One parade of 11 shops was unable to open on their busiest day.

Menswear store manager Stephen Mancha was unable to open until after 4pm on Saturday after police reopened the road.

A newsagent's lost an estimated £400 profit as the shop was closed while police 'scenes of crime' officers carried out their investigation after the attack.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the 2am attack on August 9 or anyone with information to contact Det Con Danielle Mitchell on 020-8275 4546, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555111.

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Four men in their 20s have been charged with robbery and violent disorder.

Manual worker James Cullen, 20, from Denmark-place in Bow, was charged with GBH, violent disorder and attempted robbery. He appeared before Thames magistrates last week and was remanded in custody.

Three other manual workers were charged with violent disorder and attempted robbery and bailed. They are Liam Staley, 21, and Thomas Duplock, 22, both from Denmark-place, and Danny Creighton, 20, of no fixed address.

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