UPDATED: Wivenhoe Town FC goalkeeper kicked unconscious

Essex County Standard: Richie Robins in action for Wivenhoe Town last year Richie Robins in action for Wivenhoe Town last year

WIVENHOE Town's goalkeeper was kicked unconscious during a brutal attack in Colchester town centre.

Richie Robins, 21, intervened to try and break up a fight when a gang kicked him repeatedly until he lost consciousness.

They then continued kicking him causing several facial fractures.

A statement from Wivenhoe Town Football Club reads: "On the morning of Saturday 21st December at about 3.30am our first team goalkeeper Richie Robins was attacked and knocked unconscious in Queen Street, Colchester.

"Richie suffered severe facial injuries, which will require surgery, after being repeatedly kicked in the head by a group of men.

"Essex Police are now investigating the attack and looking for the perpetrators.

"Naturally, everyone at Wivenhoe Town FC sends Richie their best wishes for a speedy recovery and hope that the people responsible for attacking him are quickly brought to justice."

Investigating officer Det Con Seff Manesh said: “We are aware of a disturbance involving a large number of young men and are examining CCTV to establish what happened and who was involved.

“This student has sustained some very nasty-looking injuries which will affect him for the foreseeable future.

“We’re looking to speak with those bystanders who saw what happened and what started the melee.”

Police say the group of assailants was made up of about six people, all black and in their late teens or early 20s.

Anyone with information should contact detectives in Colchester on 101.

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9:36pm Sun 22 Dec 13

crazy comments says...

Catch the scum and give them the same treatment back that the police give criminals in South Africa. I could say more.
Catch the scum and give them the same treatment back that the police give criminals in South Africa. I could say more. crazy comments

10:23pm Sun 22 Dec 13

PROOFREADER says...

I hope they catch the thugs soon. It happended in St Botolphs Street, that is where the SUBWAY branch is !
I hope they catch the thugs soon. It happended in St Botolphs Street, that is where the SUBWAY branch is ! PROOFREADER

12:51am Mon 23 Dec 13

Boris says...

Clearly not a good idea to try to be a Good Samaritan in Colchester in 2013. Poor lad. Let's hope he makes a full recovery.
Merry Christmas, Colcestrians.
Clearly not a good idea to try to be a Good Samaritan in Colchester in 2013. Poor lad. Let's hope he makes a full recovery. Merry Christmas, Colcestrians. Boris

8:43am Mon 23 Dec 13

Scoot says...

No doubt everyone will be pointing the finger at the homeless alcoholics who drink super strength lager........
No doubt everyone will be pointing the finger at the homeless alcoholics who drink super strength lager........ Scoot

9:36am Mon 23 Dec 13

co2 says...

notice all 6 were black,not being racist but if these are the types getting exported from hackney to property near abbey fields we may see more of this behaviour,hope the assaulted youth is not too bad.
notice all 6 were black,not being racist but if these are the types getting exported from hackney to property near abbey fields we may see more of this behaviour,hope the assaulted youth is not too bad. co2

9:39am Mon 23 Dec 13

co2 says...

Would also like to add that when its 6 white youths attacking one non white the headlines are "racist attack" A QUESTION TO BE ASKED WAS IT A RACIST ATTACK?
Would also like to add that when its 6 white youths attacking one non white the headlines are "racist attack" A QUESTION TO BE ASKED WAS IT A RACIST ATTACK? co2

10:22am Mon 23 Dec 13

Scoot says...

Co2, Thats a good debating point. Would be interesting to know what Mrs Lawrence's take on this would be. Do the police view it as an attack or a racist attack ..
Co2, Thats a good debating point. Would be interesting to know what Mrs Lawrence's take on this would be. Do the police view it as an attack or a racist attack .. Scoot

12:20pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Red Tape 2 says...

How brave they must be - 6 vs 1 and then they still attacked him when he was unconscious. I hope they get charged with attempted murder as that's what it is!
How brave they must be - 6 vs 1 and then they still attacked him when he was unconscious. I hope they get charged with attempted murder as that's what it is! Red Tape 2

7:30pm Mon 23 Dec 13

stevedawson says...

Whats this about families being exported from london boroughs.has this anything to do with cutting housing benifit.as a condem mp maybe our bob should be asked the question if found to be true.after all he seems to want re election.hope the lad is ok and the perpetrators caught.
Whats this about families being exported from london boroughs.has this anything to do with cutting housing benifit.as a condem mp maybe our bob should be asked the question if found to be true.after all he seems to want re election.hope the lad is ok and the perpetrators caught. stevedawson

10:49pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Charlienic says...

Establish the facts before posting nonsense as to why it is not considered a racist attack. The victim was also black and was brave enough to intervene to stop a female being bullied..
Establish the facts before posting nonsense as to why it is not considered a racist attack. The victim was also black and was brave enough to intervene to stop a female being bullied.. Charlienic

9:56am Tue 24 Dec 13

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Charlienic wrote:
Establish the facts before posting nonsense as to why it is not considered a racist attack. The victim was also black and was brave enough to intervene to stop a female being bullied..
So you know the facts do you? I certainly don't!

Racism is not just about the colour of someone's skin. It has far more to do with ethnic origins so racial attacks can happen between people, who appear to be similar in appearance, and many confuse colour as the only factor.
[quote][p][bold]Charlienic[/bold] wrote: Establish the facts before posting nonsense as to why it is not considered a racist attack. The victim was also black and was brave enough to intervene to stop a female being bullied..[/p][/quote]So you know the facts do you? I certainly don't! Racism is not just about the colour of someone's skin. It has far more to do with ethnic origins so racial attacks can happen between people, who appear to be similar in appearance, and many confuse colour as the only factor. Say It As It Is OK?

10:24am Tue 24 Dec 13

Summertime111 says...

The victim was mixed race and no it was not a racist attack
The victim was mixed race and no it was not a racist attack Summertime111

4:07pm Tue 24 Dec 13

totallyfootball says...

Who cares what the motive was it goes to show the scum in this country is rife and we need to stamp it out. Lets hope the guy makes a full recovery, I remember the same thing happening to the Billericay keeper at the Sugar Hut a few years ago, he is still not 100%, not sure he ever will be! However helpful you might feel you are being, weigh the circumstances up and let the police deal with this, having said that they are not on our streets doing what we expect any more! Maybe its time to bring in curfews and ask why we have gangs of people on our streets at 3-30 in the morning, what happened to stop and search?
Who cares what the motive was it goes to show the scum in this country is rife and we need to stamp it out. Lets hope the guy makes a full recovery, I remember the same thing happening to the Billericay keeper at the Sugar Hut a few years ago, he is still not 100%, not sure he ever will be! However helpful you might feel you are being, weigh the circumstances up and let the police deal with this, having said that they are not on our streets doing what we expect any more! Maybe its time to bring in curfews and ask why we have gangs of people on our streets at 3-30 in the morning, what happened to stop and search? totallyfootball

10:50am Thu 26 Dec 13

charlie71 says...

The police are failing the general public in the policing of the town centre.
Few officers on duty to police areas like queen street in the early hours,lets have a big show of policing,zero tolerence,lock up the hooligans,long term sentences from the judges for those who carry out violent attacks on innocent people.
Force all those caught fighting to attend the boxing gym and fight each other when sober,most will oinly act tough when in a gang or when feeling brave after taking drink or drugs.
Cath them on video,shame them in the local press and on tv,make the clubs and pubs that attract these scum pay the policing bill.
The police are failing the general public in the policing of the town centre. Few officers on duty to police areas like queen street in the early hours,lets have a big show of policing,zero tolerence,lock up the hooligans,long term sentences from the judges for those who carry out violent attacks on innocent people. Force all those caught fighting to attend the boxing gym and fight each other when sober,most will oinly act tough when in a gang or when feeling brave after taking drink or drugs. Cath them on video,shame them in the local press and on tv,make the clubs and pubs that attract these scum pay the policing bill. charlie71

11:31pm Thu 26 Dec 13

Lazyd08 says...

He was trying to intervene and this is what happens. Poor lad is a terrible sight now. Face is badly swollen and will never play football again. Hope these thugs are caught. My son is one of his friends are they are all now wary of going to colchester to have a drink or go to nightclubs.
He was trying to intervene and this is what happens. Poor lad is a terrible sight now. Face is badly swollen and will never play football again. Hope these thugs are caught. My son is one of his friends are they are all now wary of going to colchester to have a drink or go to nightclubs. Lazyd08

9:49am Fri 27 Dec 13

totallyfootball says...

Lazyd08 wrote:
He was trying to intervene and this is what happens. Poor lad is a terrible sight now. Face is badly swollen and will never play football again. Hope these thugs are caught. My son is one of his friends are they are all now wary of going to colchester to have a drink or go to nightclubs.
Until I saw a better police presence and the club and pub owners take more responsibility for their clientele I would give the town centre a miss after 11.
[quote][p][bold]Lazyd08[/bold] wrote: He was trying to intervene and this is what happens. Poor lad is a terrible sight now. Face is badly swollen and will never play football again. Hope these thugs are caught. My son is one of his friends are they are all now wary of going to colchester to have a drink or go to nightclubs.[/p][/quote]Until I saw a better police presence and the club and pub owners take more responsibility for their clientele I would give the town centre a miss after 11. totallyfootball

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