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Man punched in the face during Orpington Christmas lights switch on event

PUBLISHED: 09:37 17 November 2017 | UPDATED: 10:35 17 November 2017

An attack occurred outside the Tesco supermarket in Orpington during the town's annual Christmas lights switch on event

An attack occurred outside the Tesco supermarket in Orpington during the town's annual Christmas lights switch on event

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The incident happened on Thursday night

Violence marred Orpington’s annual Christmas lights switch on event last night, after a man was punched in the face.

Eyewitnesses reported “youths screaming” and small children crying after the attack outside Tesco at around 7.30pm.

Police denied reports that anyone had been stabbed, but a spokesperson said there was “lots of blood” at the scene.

Following the assault, a cordon was set up around the supermarket for investigation work.

A spokesperson from Met Police said: “We were called at 7.30pm to reports a male in his 20s was punched in the face.

“He suffered severe injures and there was lots of blood at the scene.”

Officers believe a group of males approached the victim during the festive event and punched him, before running off.

There have been no arrests, but with hundreds of revellers in the street for Thursday’s event, police are now appealing for witnesses.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call police on 101, or contact the charity Crimestoppers via 0800 555 111.

We have approached London Ambulance Service for further comment.

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