People have reacted in shock and dismay to news of yet another sickening attack in Liverpool city center over the weekend.
The 23-year-old victim was reportedly beaten on Hanover Street, outside the City Buffet restaurant, around 3:40 a.m. today (Sunday, July 4).
Emergency services were called to the scene after the young man collapsed and suffered cardiac arrest as a result of the assault.
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The group of three reportedly fled the scene in a blue and pink Hackney cab.
Merseyside Police said the victim remained in critical condition in hospital.
Detective Inspector Louise Hooley said: “A man in hospital is extremely ill this morning as a result of this shocking attack.
âWe have launched a full investigation to identify and bring to justice those responsible and call on anyone with information about their identity to come forward.
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“Although we have spoken to witnesses, we would like to speak to anyone we have not yet spoken to who may have seen the incident or have information.”
These are some of the reactions from ECHO readers.
littlejane said: âAs a mom whose kids are now all old enough to have fun in town on a Saturday night, these are the stories I dread waking up to.
âThe fear of the phone call or knocking on the door to tell me something has happened is what keeps me from sleeping until my children are safe at home.
“I hope this boy can get through this physically and mentally and also his parents get over it too. Decent people need to be able to get out of a weekend, have fun and come home safely. without the madmen attacking them in the street. “
Georgian52 said: âDuring the lockdown we had so many acts of human kindness that now to be replaced by stupid thug acts. I’m just happy I’m not this age where I have to go out all the time and in be a victim of the worsening violence in all our cities. “
Michelle Bridson said: “I hope the taxi driver saw this and went to the police. There can’t be a lot of taxis like that around and I hope he has CCTV. I wish the boy a speedy recovery. “
Dawnie Robbo said: “Vile specimens! I hope they get caught and I hope the young boy recovers well.”
Sharron Martin said: “Why am I not taking care of the city anymore, too many idiots who cannot control themselves, drugged and alcoholic. Not at all safe.”
Pat Long said, “I guess the police contacted the cab company and the driver should be able to give a description and maybe saw it happen or just after.”
Ian Walker said: “That’s why I don’t like going out anymoreâ¦ I can’t enjoy a night out without some idiot thinking they’re the next boxing legendâ¦ Normally for something so idiot â¦ .”
Anyone who can assist with the investigation is asked to contact DM @MerPolCC or message the Merseyside Police Contact Center on Facebook, citing reference 2100465224.
You can also transmit information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or contact them through their online form here.