Police are investigating a report of a man being robbed and seriously assaulted in Tunnel Road, Reigate, in the early hours of Saturday morning (22 September).
The incident took place between approximately 1.30am and 3.30am in the tunnel, by Market Close.
The injured man has been discharged from hospital and is being supported by officers.
Police remain on site as of Sunday afternoon, more than a day after the incident, with Tunnel Road still closed.
Senior Investigating Officer Detective Inspector Errol Chetty said:
“This attack happened in a well-used area of the town centre which we will be continuing to keep a high visibility presence at throughout today.
We understand that this incident will cause concern in the community but I would like to offer reassurance that we will be regularly patrolling this area over the coming days.
Although this happened in the early hours of the morning there is a chance that someone may have seen what happened, perhaps on their way home from a night out.
It’s also possible that someone saw the attacker leaving the area or saw him in that area earlier in the evening.
If you have any information please do not hesitate to get in touch.”
Anyone with information should contact Surrey Police on 101 or use report.police.uk and quote the reference number PR/45180101697. Alternatively they can contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Police are also reminding the public to take precautions when out and about:
“- Cover up jewellery, mobile phones, personal music players and keys
– Avoid walking home alone after an evening out. Walk with friends or take a taxi (from a reputable firm)
– If you have to walk, avoid short cuts in lonely areas. Keep to well-lit, busy streets
– Always walk facing oncoming traffic so a car cannot pull up behind you
– Avoid using a personal music player or mobile phone while walking or jogging. They can distract you from your surroundings
– If you think you’re being followed, walk to the busiest place you can find or knock on a door. Then call the police
– Never hitchhike
– Consider carrying a personal attack alarm
– When approaching your car or home, have your keys ready so you can enter without delay
– If you are attacked, shout for help as loudly as you can or shout for someone to contact the police. Use your personal attack alarm. Try to get to a safe place and call the police
– If someone attempts to take something from you, consider letting them have it rather than risk being hurt
– Consider taking self-defence classes.”