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Good Samaritan praised for saving victim of suspected attack near Norwich Cathedral

PUBLISHED: 15:18 05 June 2018 | UPDATED: 08:39 06 June 2018

Peter Alcock-Hodgson who was glassed in Cathedral Close, Norwich.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Peter Alcock-Hodgson who was glassed in Cathedral Close, Norwich. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2018

These are the shocking injuries inflicted on a 23-year-old who was left bleeding in the street on Cathedral Close after a mystery attack.

Peter Alcock-Hodgson in hospital after the incident at Cathedral Close. Picture: Peter Alcock-HodgsonPeter Alcock-Hodgson in hospital after the incident at Cathedral Close. Picture: Peter Alcock-Hodgson

Peter Alcock-Hodgson had been walking home alone from work drinks on Friday evening around 7.30pm but has no memory before waking up in hospital with horrific facial injuries.

He suffered a broken nose, gashes to his face, and has had 10 stitches and a minor skin graft beneath his eye.

Mr Alcock Hodgson said he had “heavily consumed” at work drinks, but he believes he had been glassed in a random attack outside the cathedral.

“When I left the bar my colleagues wanted to walk me home but I was adamant I would be fine,” he said. “The last thing I remember was being in Cathedral Close, and I came to covered in blood in hospital.

Adam Morter stopped to administer first aid to the victim of a suspected attack near Norwich Cathedral. Picture: Courtesy The Princes TrustAdam Morter stopped to administer first aid to the victim of a suspected attack near Norwich Cathedral. Picture: Courtesy The Princes Trust

“They ran numerous facial x-rays and in their words there were multiple foreign bodies in my face, which all turned out to be glass. The wounds are indicative to being smashed very hard to the right side of the face.”

Norfolk Police are treating the incident as a suspected assault, and are appealing for witnesses.

Mr Alcock-Hodgson has praised 26-year-old Good Samaritan Adam Morter as a “hero” for bandaging his wounds and waiting with him until a paramedic arrived, saying he could have “lost the right eye”.

Mr Morter had been walking to work at Stadia through Cathedral Close when he saw Mr Alcock-Hodgson “lying flat on the ground with blood pouring out of him”.

“He was in and out of consciousness at the time, and I tried to stop the blood,” he said.

“I contacted my colleague at the night club and went to get one of our first aid kits and bandages and dressings to try and ease some of the bleeding. The gash he had to his face and nose was quite disturbing.”

Humble about his actions, Mr Morter, who has been nominated as Prince’s Trust Ambassador of the Year for East Anglia, added: “I would have stopped for anyone.

“I saw someone in distress and I had to stop to help him. I just wish him well in his recovery and hope he heals and gets better very soon.”

Police are investigating and have said any witnesses to the incident should contact T/DC Cormac Harrison at Norfolk Police on non-emergency number 101.

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