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York motiveless assault


1:14pm 26th July 2011

Police in York are appealing for witnesses following an assault in the city.

It occurred outside the Viceroy Indian Restaurant on Monkgate at just after midnight on Saturday 16 July 2011 (for clarity this occurred in the early hours of Saturday 16 July and not just after midnight into Sunday 17 July 2011), when a 24-year-old local man was hit in the face.

The victim had spoken with a number of youths who had been travelling in three cars heading towards Huntington Road along Lord Mayor’s Walk. The youths then got out of the cars and surrounded the man before one of the group assaulted the victim.

He suffered bruising to his face and a cut under his left eye which required treatment at York District Hospital.

The man who committed the assault is 18 to19 years old, white, around 5ft 10in to 5ft 11in tall with a slim build and a very pale complexion. He has blond hair, which was long on top and short at the sides. At the time of the assault he was wearing a black and white horizontally striped top and dark trousers.

The only description of the cars the group had been travelling in is that one was possibly a silver or blue Peugeot 206, being driven by the only woman in the group, and a blue Mazda 3. There is no description of the third car.

PC Hayley Rowbotham, of the York Safer Neighbourhood Team, said:

“I need to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the assault which left the victim needing treatment in hospital.

“I am especially keen to hear from members of the group, who may not have realised that the suspect intended to commit the apparently motiveless assault.

“I urge anyone who can assist with this enquiry to contact the police as soon as possible.”

If you can assist with this investigation please contact PC Hayley Rowbotham at York Police Station on 0845 60 60 24 7 quoting reference number 12110118240. Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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