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Last Updated: Monday, 23 January 2006, 11:48 GMT
Knife victim in more support call
Tom Horton
The knife only just missed severing nerves in Tom Horton's face
A man who was slashed across the face in a night-time city centre attack says he is going to campaign for more support for victims of violence.

Tom Horton, 37, underwent two hours of surgery and received 33 stitches after the incident in Coventry.

He was trying to calm down a fight between a group of young men when the attack happened.

He said: "I hope by highlighting my case I can show this sort of behaviour should not be tolerated."

Mr Horton added: "Doctors have said my scar will fade in time.

"But for some people the effects are far more serious. Families can be left without a parent because of this behaviour."

I didn't even get a chance to speak. The lad just turned and slashed me in the face
Tom Horton
He intends to tour clubs in the area speaking about his situation and wants to raise money for crime victims.

The attack happened as he visited a burger van while making his way home during the early hours of 14 January.

An argument broke out between some young men and one of them disappeared before returning with a knife.

"I stepped in to break it up. I didn't think about what I was doing. It was just instinct.

"But I didn't even get a chance to speak. The lad just turned and slashed me in the face."

Some of the men stayed with him until the ambulance arrived.

Mr Horton, an IT consultant, spent three days in hospital.

Five men have been arrested in connection with the incident and released on police bail.




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