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Mother's plea to find attackers

Rob Ball is fighting for his life after the assault in the Seaway car park in Southend

The mother of a man in a critical condition in hospital four days after he was punched in an Essex car park has appealed to find his attackers.

Rob Ball, 22, was attacked in Chancellor Road, Southend-on-Sea, early on Friday.

He remains in Queen's Hospital, Romford with life-threatening head injuries.

Speaking at Southend police station, his mother Chrissey Bacon said: "You know damn well you've done it, just give yourself up."

Mr Ball's sister flew from Australia to be with him while he remains in hospital.

Chrissey Bacon
Mr Ball's mother Chrissey Bacon urged the attackers to come forward

Ms Bacon said: "We love Robert to bits, he's our baby, he didn't deserve what somebody's done to him."

The appeal was made on Mr Ball's 23rd birthday after he had second operation.

Police have appealed for any witnesses to the incident to contact officers.

Officers are searching for a white man, aged between 20 and 22 and with dark hair, over the attack.

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