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Friday, 16 April 2021

Man almost loses sight in one eye in ‘unprovoked and violent’ Nottinghamshire attack

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A man nearly lost his sight in his left eye after he was smashed with a pint glass.

The victim suffered serious cuts to his eyelid and face in an unprovoked and violent attack in Worksop town centre.

He had been walking along Carlton Road on 2 November 2019 when he was approached by the man.

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Despite the men not knowing each other, the offender Macaulley Hancock  became aggressive and grabbed the victim by his shoulder and pulled his face.

Without warning or reasoning the victim was struck to the head by Hancock, causing the pint glass to smash.

The man was knocked to the floor, whilst Hancock ran away from the scene towards Worksop town centre.

The victim had blood all over his face and sustained a cut to his left-eye lid. He had to have treatment at Bassetlaw Hospital.

Investigating officers used local CCTV footage and the Hancock was identified, which matched the description given by the victim.

Nine days later Hancock was spotted by local officers whilst out on a proactive patrol. He was stopped and arrested for the offence. He was wearing the same baseball cap that he had on at the time of the incident.

The clothing was seized for forensic examination and a small mark of blood was traced on the hat.

The victim also picked out Hancock at an identification parade without hesitation as being responsible for the assault.

The 24-year-old of Priory Mews in Worksop pleaded guilty to two counts of grievous bodily harm and was sentenced to 18 months in prison at Nottingham Crown Court on Thursday (11 March 2021).

Police Constable Joshua Gibbons led the investigation. He said: “The victim was incredibly lucky that his injuries didn’t impact his eyesight. He was literally millimeters to possibly losing his sight in his left-eye.

“The attack was unprovoked and left a man requiring hospital treatment for what were pretty serious injuries.

“Thankfully he’s now made a full recovery.

“Hopefully today’s sentence will give Hancock time to reflect on his unnecessary and disgraceful actions.

“Nottinghamshire Police will not tolerate violence of any kind so we take incidents like this very seriously and I hope this case serves as a warning to anyone who does consider being violent that officers will work tirelessly for as long as it takes to bring offenders to justice.”