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Shocking unprovoked assault in York

Shocking unprovoked assault in York

12:28pm 15th October 2010
(Updated 4:04pm 18th October 2010)

York police have released a photograph of an assault victim’s shocking facial injuries in the hope of tracking down his attacker.



52-year-old Ralph Ensbury from York was cycling home from work between midnight and 1am on Sunday 10th October along a cycle path towards Clifton. As he reached Yearsley Bridge, located at the junction of Crichton Avenue and Wigginton Road, he was subjected to a serious assault by another man which has left him with numerous facial injuries requiring extensive hospital treatment.

His attacker is described as white, approximately six feet tall and of thin build. At the time of the attack he was wearing dark coloured trousers and a black hooded top with the hood raised. He was walking a dog at the time of the attack, which is described as medium sized and pale brown.

DC Alan Williams of York CID said:

“This is one of the most sickening assaults that I have had to investigate and I can find no reason or motive for such an unprovoked attack. Someone knows the person who is responsible and I would urge them to look at these injuries, search their conscience and give me a name of that person.

“The victim is still very shaken up by this incident but has bravely allowed us to show his injuries to help trace the person responsible.”

Mr Ensbury said:

 “I just can't understand what would make a person attack me like this and leave me with these injuries. I haven't done anything wrong to them.”

Anyone with information that may assist the police enquiry is asked to contact DC Alan Williams at Fulford Road Police Station on 01904 669353 or you can give information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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