He had simply been enjoying a night out with friends.

But what started as an evening of drinks and fun ended with 22-year-old Jamie Connor-Cope brutally attacked, knocked out and robbed in central Middlesbrough.

Now, his mum, Maggie Connor, 47, has said something must be done about incidents like this, warning “the next person is going to be killed.”

Jamie had been out on August 17 and left the Medicine Bar on Corporation Road at around 1.50am, but has no recollection of what happened next.

Injuries Jamie Connor-Cope sustained
Injuries Jamie Connor-Cope sustained (Image: Evening Gazette)

He was found close to Centre Square at 2.30am having being knocked unconscious and robbed, suffering multiple bruises to his head and body.

When he woke his wallet, phone, shoes and glasses were all missing.

And Ms Connor is now calling for greater CCTV and for incidents like this to be prevented in future, fearing there could be a gang behind it.

The mother-of-three told Teesside Live: “For me, the next person is going to be killed, it’s ridiculous.

Jamie Connor-Cope, 22, was knocked out and robbed in central Middlesbrough
Jamie Connor-Cope, 22, was knocked out and robbed in central Middlesbrough (Image: Evening Gazette)

“But I do think a death is going to be the only way they are going to do anything. I just don’t want it to happen to another person.”

She explained how CCTV had captured Jamie in the moments before he was attacked, close to the town hall.

But agonisingly, a tree in full blossom blocked the moment he was robbed, and now the police investigation has gone cold.

When Teesside Live first reported about the incident, another mother described how her son, dad-of-two Marco Sousa, was brutally attacked in June.

Dad-of-two Marco Sousa was brutally attacked in July at the junction of Albert Road and Corporation Road, Middlesbrough in a similar incident to early-hours attack on a 22-year-old man on Friday, August 17. Further attacks have since come to light, which are almost identical; now families fear they are being carried out by organised gangs
Dad-of-two Marco Sousa was brutally attacked in July at the junction of Albert Road and Corporation Road, Middlesbrough in a similar incident to early-hours attack on a 22-year-old man on Friday, August 17. Further attacks have since come to light, which are almost identical; now families fear they are being carried out by organised gangs

That incident happened close by at the junction of Albert Road and Corporation Road, in an attack which echoes the robbery on Jamie.

Mandy Sousa, said in August she wanted to see extra late-night police patrols of the area, amid her fears such attacks are being carried out by gangs.

Ms Connor added: “The police said to me this is about the tenth attack. “They still haven’t caught anybody, I feel emotional, he’s my baby.

“I feel let down but I feel let down for Jamie.

Some of the injuries Jamie Connor-Cope sustained
Some of the injuries Jamie Connor-Cope sustained (Image: Evening Gazette)

“It’s like our Jamie said, he walks about and thinks ‘was it you’.

“For days after he felt really insecure.”

The 22-year-old from Linthorpe in Middlesbrough, who works for O2, has since recovered from his injuries, but his mum said “it knocked his confidence.”

Ms Connor described the horrifying moment when she first found out about the incident to Teesside Live.

Jamie Connor-Cope
Jamie Connor-Cope (Image: Evening Gazette)

She said she was in Edinburgh when her phone rang.

“I got a call from the hospital to say that Jamie was in hospital, because he didn’t have any ID [as his wallet was stolen].”

She then faced an awful wait as she travelled home to see him.

“I have never seen bruises like it. I was just devastated,” she said.

Some of the injuries Jamie Connor-Cope sustained when he was attacked in central Middlesbrough
Some of the injuries Jamie Connor-Cope sustained when he was attacked in central Middlesbrough (Image: Evening Gazette)

“The knocked him out cold. They hit him that hard he had imprints on his back.

“It’s the most devastating thing ever.”

Cleveland Police told Teesside Live: “There have been no other incidents which would be similar enough to be linked.”

They confirmed that the investigation into the attack on Jamie has been closed pending any further information coming to light.

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