A York gang attacked a Spanish couple with such violence that they broke the man’s jaw, in what the police are describing as a “sickening” incident.
The gang repeatedly punched and kicked the 24-year-old man, and kept pushing his girlfriend, 29, to the floor.
After enjoying a night out in York, the couple left the Blue Fly Café Bar on New Street early on Sunday morning (April 5).
The attack took place in the New Street, Coney Street and St Helen’s Square area between 3.40am and 3.50am.
Five men seemingly targeted the man and woman because they are from another country.
It is alleged the suspects repeatedly punched and kicked the man over a period of ten minutes along the city centre route.
Taxi driver intervened
The victim suffered serious injuries including a broken jaw, chipped teeth and bruising. He received emergency treatment at York Hospital.
His girlfriend, aged 29, was repeatedly pushed to the ground while he was being attacked.
It is believed the only reason the suspects stopped the violence was because a passing taxi driver came to the couple’s assistance.
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PC Sophie Wilson, of the York Safer Neighbourhood Team, said:
We are doing everything we can investigate this case and bring those responsible to justice.
We are also providing support to the young couple from Spain who have had their stay tarnished in the most sickening and vicious way.
As well as a general appeal for witnesses and information about the attack, PC Wilson is also making a specific appeal to trace the taxi driver who came to the aid of the couple.
I am appealing for the taxi driver to get in touch as soon as possible as he may have vital information about the suspects and the circumstances surrounding the incident.
This was the first of two vicious attacks on Easter Sunday. Later that evening a man was glassed in the face in a York bar.
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