Family’s heartfelt video appeal as police mount anniversary operation to bring Berkhamsted attackers to justice

An emotional appeal has been issued by a young man and his family three years after his life was devastated by an unprovoked late night attack.

Jamie, who was 17 at the time, suffered a life-changing brain injury, which has left him with memory problems and anger issues.

Latest CCTV of people police want to speak to in connection with an alleyway attack in Berkhamsted on Septemtber 25, 2010.

Latest CCTV of people police want to speak to in connection with an alleyway attack in Berkhamsted on Septemtber 25, 2010.

He said: “I feel like my life has been on hold for the last three years. All my original career plans and ideas have had to be shelved as I continue to recover from the physical and psychological effects of what happened.”

He was walking home through Berkhamsted’s High Street with a friend at around midnight on September 25, 2010, when they were set upon by a group of men believed to have used bicycle chains in their attack.

Jamie’s friend also suffered serous injuries but has since made a full recovery but Jamie himself is now deaf in his right ear, suffers short term memory loss and dizzy spells.

He has been forced to give up his job as a trainee plumber and had to surrender his driving licence due to his head injury.

Police believe the attackers live in the town and want the people that know who they are to speak up.

Jamie said: “These people are continuing to lead their lives whilst mine has had to be put on hold.”

His mother Nichola said: “It is heartbreaking for Jamie but also for me as his mother to have to stand by and watch as he has been robbed of so much.

“My son must live with the consequences of this for the rest of his life – it is never too late to speak up. If you do not want to speak to police you can call Crimestoppers in confidence.”

Police will be walking the streets of Berkhamsted today to distribute leaflets about the attack in the hope that new information might be forthcoming. Contact Det Insp Justine Jenkins on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.