York gang break man’s jaw in ‘sickening’ and suspected racist attack on tourists
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.
Have you seen them?
The suspects are…
|white||aged between 20 and 25||and spoke with English accents.|
One of the men…
|was about 5ft 7in tall||had short or shaved brown hair||and was wearing a short-sleeved, light-coloured T-shirt with trousers.|
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.
Can you help? Contact the police: details below.
How to help the police
|Call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for PC Sophie Wilson|
|Or Crimestoppers 0800 555 111|
|Email PC Wilson here|
absolute cowards…..but i’m afraid if they’re caught they’ll get a slap on the wrist and a fine of a few quid……… they should be paraded and ridiculed as what they are……….. cowards
Appalling behaviour ð¡
They must be stopped and bring them to justice
Being a historic city I think it’s time to reinstate the stocks
love goes out to the couple who had to go through this terrible ordeal – it is heartbreaking that people are capable of such violence ………hope the brutes get caught and trialed !
If they don’t think Spanish people should be in the UK on a holiday then they shouldn’t be able to visit another country for holiday, I thing people like this should have there passports taken off them as a punishment and have to do sore really crap unpaid work
I’ve lived in York all my life and crap like this just makes me want to leave.
This is the second report in two days where you have used the term ‘York gang’. Are you suggesting that York has a gang problem or is it just poor reporting?
These people who commit these crimes are not decent York people.. they are not true York people. We don’t need people like this in York.
Sickening, cowardly and just downright evil
Absolutely appalling. And where were the police?
Hope nothing happens to them or there’s when they go on holiday!
Not good at all!! Definitely not a pair of balls between them!!
It says 5 men ….. They aren’t men they are cowards of the lowest kind , the sooner they are found the better, don’t need this kind of thuggery on the streets of any city/ town.