Halloween drinker's condition critical after cinema assault

PUBLISHED: 11:35 02 November 2009 | UPDATED: 11:25 12 August 2010

A 22-YEAR-OLD man is fighting for his life in hospital after a being attacked near a cinema.

A 22-YEAR-OLD man is fighting for his life in hospital after a being attacked near a cinema.

The victim suffered serious head injuries during the assault which took place in Bromley High Street, near the Empire cinema, on Saturday night at 11.40pm.

Police Community Support Officers arrested two men of Eastern European origin at the scene and two more men were detained later on. They remain in custody at separate south London police stations.

Officers are investigating the possibility that the victim was being racially abusive while drinking in the Swan and Mitre pub and was assaulted because of this.

Detective Inspector Jane Corrigan, leading the investigation said: "We understand that on Saturday night our victim was drinking in the Swan & Mitre pub.

"We are particularly keen on speaking to a man and a woman we understand were assaulted in this pub prior to our victim leaving. These two people we believe are significant witnesses and would urge them to contact us.

"We are also keen to hear from anyone that was in or around the town centre of Saturday night that may have seen our victim or the actual assault."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Bromley police on 020 8284 8754 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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