Assault: renewed appeal for witnesses

Police in Forfar have renewed an appeal for information about a large disturbance that happened in the street outside a nightclub in town in early December.

A 24-year-old Fife man was seriously assaulted and later hospitalised after suffering swelling and bruising to his brain.

Douglas Fernie, from the Kirkcaldy area, was knocked to the ground in the incident in North Street, outside Club One, on Saturday, December 10.

He was taken by ambulance to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee where he was detained overnight.

However, his condition deteriorated in the days following his hospital release and he was admitted to the high dependency unit at Edinburgh’s Western General Hospital.

The forklift truck driver was allowed home after several days in hospital, but he has still to return to work and has no recollection of the events of the night in December when he was injured.

A police spokesman said: “We need to hear from people who were in the North Street area, at about 9 pm when the disturbance broke out, as they could have information useful to our enquiries.

“Equally we want to hear from anyone who attended the Fight Night event that was held at Club One.

“We know there were a significant number of local people at the event as well as a large contingent from Fife and that groups gathered in North Street on leaving the night club premises.

“A fight then broke out in which Douglas was assaulted and knocked to the ground.

“He is quite distinctive in a crowd due to the fact that he is six foot five inches tall.

“At the time he had very short, shaved black hair and wore a dark blue ‘Henry Lloyd’ jacket, dark blue jeans and Timberland boots.”

Anyone who saw Douglas, or the person, or people, responsible for the assault on him, should contact Tayside Police on 0300 111 2222, or speak to any officer.

Alternatively, information can be passed anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.