Messages of support for alleged claw hammer attack victim Matthew Probert
Dozens of well-wishers have left messages of support for Matthew Probert, the man who had a claw hammer embedded in his head in an alleged attack in Lincoln city centre.
Lincolnshire Police said the incident took place in Hungate, Lincoln, near Revolution Bar and Home nightclub at around 12.50am on Sunday, September 1.
Mr Probert, 21, was taken to Lincoln County hospital and later transferred to the Royal Hallamshire hospital in Sheffield. His condition is described as stable after surgery.
He is a keen sportsman who plays in the front row for Scunthorpe Rugby Club’s first team.
Louie Clayton, press secretary of Scunthorpe RUFC, said: “Our thoughts are with his family and we hope he will recover and resume his rugby career.
“Matthew has been in the first team for a couple of years now and he’s been a regular and very well respected member of the senior squad.
“He’s a local boy who followed his dad into the club. He played through the juniors and then the under-19s and graduated into the adult teams and quickly made it into the first team.”
Messages have also been posted on Facebook. Elisha Davis said: “Just to let everyone know Matthew Probert seems to be making a good recovery, for anyone asking about visiting, hospital staff and family request no visitors for the time being but will let everyone know when he is well enough!”
Daniel Crookes said: “Hope your getting better mate, wishing you and the family my luck stay strong.”
Nath Holtby said: “Just seen the news hope you have a speedy recovery mate! All the best!”
Daisy Vollans said: “Big love and bear hugs probey! Be Strong, you'll be right as rein in no time I'm sure of it.”
A 21-year-old local man who was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and is helping police with their enquiries.
Detective Inspector Katrina Morton of Lincoln CID is leading the investigation, she is appealing for witnesses or anyone with any information about the incident to contact her.
She can be reached via the non-emergency 101 telephone number quoting incident number 25 of September 1.
Alternatively, witnesses can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.