Epsom man undergoes five-hour operation after brutal attack at Sonisphere music festival in Knebworth Park

Your Local Guardian: George Cook, 21, from Epsom, was seriously assaulted at the Sonisphere Festival in Knebworth Park George Cook, 21, from Epsom, was seriously assaulted at the Sonisphere Festival in Knebworth Park

A "happy-go-lucky" 21-year-old spent five hours in surgery yesterday after being brutally beaten in an allegedly unprovoked attack at a music festival.

George Cook, 21, of Longmead Road, Epsom, was attacked at the Sonisphere Festival, which took place from Friday to Sunday at Knebworth Park.

The builders’ merchant, who works at Travis Perkins in Epsom, was at the rock and heavy metal concert with work colleagues when he was targeted by a gang of three on Friday, July 4.

Reece O’Brien, 20, Mr Cook’s best friend, said this was an unprovoked attack in which three men knocked down a fence to find Mr Cook in the Red 2 Camping Field, on the site of the festival, where they left the ex-Blenheim High School student for dead.

He said Mr Cook was left unconscious in the incident and had numerous fractures to his face, a broken jaw and a smashed eye socket.

Mr Cook underwent a five-hour operation yesterday at St George’s Hospital, in Tooting, in which he had a metal plate fitted to his jaw. 

He is now recovering at home.

Mr O’Brien, who was not at the festival with his friend but has spoken to him since the attack, said: "They attacked him unprovoked. 

"They knocked down a small fence to get to him, that’s how badly they wanted to hurt him.  They left him on the floor and people found him.

"He started feeling the pain this morning, but he is in good spirits. 

"He doesn’t understand why they knocked down a fence to do it.

"He wouldn’t hurt a fly and will get on with anyone who will get on with him. 

"He’s very happy-go-lucky and it’s a testament to him that all this has been done to him and he’s still in good spirits. 

"He lights up a room when he walks in.  He’s the life and soul of the party."

A Hertfordshire Police spokesman said: "One serious incident occurred which saw a 21-year-old man from Surrey suffering serious injuries following an assault in the Red 2 campsite on Friday night, July 4.

"He received injuries to his face and jaw which require surgery.

"It is believed three offenders were involved in this assault."

Anyone with information should call Herts Police on 101, quoting crime reference number G1/14/1678, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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9:18am Thu 10 Jul 14

jswan1 says...

My word, that is a terrible attack. I hope the man recovers soon and that the scumbags who did this to him are hunted down and brought to hard justice.
My word, that is a terrible attack. I hope the man recovers soon and that the scumbags who did this to him are hunted down and brought to hard justice. jswan1
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11:27pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Noddyblanket says...

Get well soon young man. I hope if the people that did this are caught they are charged with attempted murder. Too many nutters about on legal highs and feck knows what else. As a mother, if I saw my son like that after going to a festival I'd be heartbroken and never want him to go out again!
Get well soon young man. I hope if the people that did this are caught they are charged with attempted murder. Too many nutters about on legal highs and feck knows what else. As a mother, if I saw my son like that after going to a festival I'd be heartbroken and never want him to go out again! Noddyblanket
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12:10pm Sat 12 Jul 14

becstar77 says...

They sounded fairly determined to get at a total stranger and launch this unprovoked attack. They broke down fences!?

It sounds like they knew him, whether or not there was provocation directly prior to the assault. Still, I hope they catch them and punish them as they deserve.
They sounded fairly determined to get at a total stranger and launch this unprovoked attack. They broke down fences!? It sounds like they knew him, whether or not there was provocation directly prior to the assault. Still, I hope they catch them and punish them as they deserve. becstar77
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1:03pm Sat 12 Jul 14

Noddyblanket says...

There are people around that enjoy doing things like this for no reason sadly. My brother was walking his girlfriend home when he was badly beaten up by a total stranger that confronted him out of nowhere and battered him with a piece of wood. The person was distinctive and I managed to find out someone who knew of him. When confronted he said he'd done a load of sniff and drink that night and knew he had blood on his clothes but didn't remember where from. Some people are just wrongens. To go for someone like they did to this chap, he'd have to have done something terrible. They could have killed him!
There are people around that enjoy doing things like this for no reason sadly. My brother was walking his girlfriend home when he was badly beaten up by a total stranger that confronted him out of nowhere and battered him with a piece of wood. The person was distinctive and I managed to find out someone who knew of him. When confronted he said he'd done a load of sniff and drink that night and knew he had blood on his clothes but didn't remember where from. Some people are just wrongens. To go for someone like they did to this chap, he'd have to have done something terrible. They could have killed him! Noddyblanket
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