A FATHER-of-two who was badly injured during a vicious attack in which he was set on fire has had his left leg amputated in hospital.
Ashley Robinson, 28, was found with horrific burns in a garage block behind Pendle Close, just off Pennine Drive, in Peterlee, County Durham, shortly before 3pm on Sunday, September 28.
Emergency services were called by a passer-by who had found Mr Robinson, who lives in the nearby village of Horden. He was initially taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital but was later switched to the specialist burns unit of the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.
Yesterday a spokesman for Durham Police said doctors at the RVI had been forced to amputate his left leg.
Mr Robinson’s mother, Susan Speckman, speaking on behalf of his family, said he was making progress despite his terrible injuries.
She added: “Ashley has undergone a number of operations in hospital but he is remaining strong and focused on his rehabilitation. He has been able to speak to his family and he is very much looking forward to seeing his two young daughters, aged three and five, when they are allowed to visit him in hospital.
“We have been overwhelmed by the kindness shown not only by friends and family but the local community. Our thanks go to all those who have expressed their support and helped us through this difficult time.”
Mr Robinson had left his parents’ home in Cotswold Place, Peterlee, shortly before 7pm on the day before he was found injured.
He spent time in The Lodge pub in Peterlee town centre and went on to the adjoining Vibe nightclub, leaving at about 2.30am on the Sunday morning.
Daniel Lloyd, 27, appeared before north Durham magistrates on October 1 charged with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and has been remanded in custody.
A second man, aged 24, is on police bail pending further enquiries.