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UPDATE: Man questioned over Diss park assault

A man is being questioned by police following an assault in Diss which left a homeless man with serious head and facial injuries.

Police were called to Park Road shortly after 9.40pm on Saturday night following reports of the man being attacked by another man, armed with a metal tool.

Enquiries led officers to arrest a man a short time later at 10.10pm on suspicion of assault occasioning grievous bodily harm.

Police forensics at the scene of the attack (15416958)
Police forensics at the scene of the attack (15416958)

The suspect, was taken to Wymondham Police Investigation Centre where he remains for questioning.

The victim, a 32-year-old man, was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital for treatment.

Inspector Laura Symonds said: "I’m aware this incident has caused concern among the local community.

The man has been living in the tent in Diss Park since July
The man has been living in the tent in Diss Park since July

"The victim, a homeless man, was left with serious injuries and is in a stable condition in hospital.

"I would like to reassure the public we believe this to be an isolated incident and the victim and offender are known to one another.”

The area was sealed off while initial enquiries were carried out.

Forensics were also at the scene this morning.

The cordon has now been lifted.

The homeless man has been living at the park, in a tent covered with graffiti slogans, since July, after being moved on from grassland, next to retirement homes in Thomas Manning Road.

Legal action was taken by the Saffron Trust to force the man to move.

Anyone with information should contact Norfolk Police on 101 quoting incident number 479 of August 17.

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