A man is in hospital with serious injuries after being attacked in York city centre.
Police were alerted to a report of an assault on Gillygate at 5.45am today (Wednesday October 24). A man was taken to York Hospital with serious injuries.
Gillygate was closed and other areas of the city centre cordoned off by investigating officers. They have since been reopened.
A North Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said:
It is unknown at this stage how the injuries happened.
Police enquiries have found that the victim first encountered the suspect at around 3am near Bar 1331 and VUDU lounge in York city centre. At 5.45am the couple again encountered the suspect on Bootham, where the assault took place.
The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 6ft of medium build wearing dark clothing.
Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident, the suspect or the couple making off in the direction of Bootham to contact them.
They are also appealing to passing motorists who were in the area who may have capture dash-cam footage of the incident, to contact them.
Gillygate was shut in both directions for several hours. There was also a cordon on the pavement running along St Leonard’s Place, from its junction with Museum Street, past the York Theatre Royal and to the De Grey Rooms.
Two police vans were also parked outside the De Grey Rooms.
How to help the police
|Call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for the York Serious Crime Team|
|Contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via the website|
|Email the team here|
|Quote reference number 12180198858|
Our @NYorksPolice response colleagues in #York are currently dealing with an incident on #Gillygate and have closed the road in both directions. Please avoid the area and expect delays nearby. @minsterfm @BBCYork @yorkpress @york_travel @york
— NorthYorksPolice RPG (@NYorksRPG) October 24, 2018
— BBC Radio York (@BBCYork) October 24, 2018
Gillygate closed – service 1/5/5a/6 outbound diverted via Bootham>Burtonstone Lane. 1/5/5a then continue past hospital then back to normal route.
Inbound (to city centre) turning left onto Lord Mayors Walk>Stonebow>Rougier Street>normal route.
— First York (@FirstYork) October 24, 2018
Urgent Service Update – All Services – There will be delays to service this morning due to Gillygate closure. Service 40 diverting via Burton Stone Lane and Bootham. Updates will follow.
— Reliance Buses (@Reliancebus) October 24, 2018
Inbound to the city centre as follows. Normal Route to Clarence Street then Lord Mayor's Walk, Foss Bank, Stonebow, Rougier Street then Normal route. Gillygate and Theatre won't be served. Service 40 diverts via Burton Stone Lane and Bootham in Both directions#Live @iTravelYork
— BusesinYork (@Buses_York) October 24, 2018