A VIOLENT gang attack in Whitchurch has left a 19-year-old man with a blood clot on the brain and unable to speak.
Paul Morris, of Nomansheath, suffered serious head injuries in a fierce street brawl in Smallbrook Road at about 2.20am on Saturday.
Six youths from the Whitchurch area were arrested on suspicion of assault and causing grievous bodily harm.
They were later released on police bail while the investigation continues.
Former Bishop Heber student Paul was found by police lying unconscious in a garden in Smallbrook Road.
He was taken to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital where his condition deteriorated. Yesterday (Thursday), he was described as ‘stable and comfortable’.
He developed a blood clot on the side of his brain and had to be moved to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire in Stoke-on-Trent.
Paul, who plays football for Tilston, is now in a stable condition but is being cared for in the high dependency unit at UHNS.
“He can only communicate by opening and shutting his eyes,” said Paul’s anxious father Michael, who lives with his son in Cross O’The Hill Road in Nomansheath.
“The doctors don’t know yet if they will have to operate as his head is still very swollen.”
Michael believes Paul went out for a drink with friends in Whitchurch before the attack happened.
He described Paul as ‘popular’ and said he’s received more than 40 calls from concerned friends since his son was taken to hospital.
But Michael still doesn’t known what provoked the fight – and is waiting for Paul’s condition to improve to find out.
“I really don’t know what happened beforehand – so I’m just letting the police get on with their investigation,” said Michael.
“At the end of the day, I know lads will be lads, but there’s a difference between lads fighting and this attack.
“Paul was on his own when he was attacked, and there’s been six arrests since.
“I only hope that there will be an example made,” he said.
“If they’re allowed to get away with something like this, then what’s the next stage? Paul’s very lucky to be alive,” he said.
Smallbrook Road resident Dot Moreland said it’s not the first time there’s been trouble in the street.
“I was woken up by the noise on Saturday morning, but I didn’t get up to look because you don’t want to show your face at the window with that kind of thing,” said Dot.
Whitchurch police have appealed for anyone with information about the incident to contact them on 08457 444888, or CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.