Police appeal after man with learning difficulties assaulted

 

Police are appealing for information following a suspected hate crime which happened in Gloucester at the end of last month.

The lone victim, a 22-year-old man with learning difficulties, was taunted and assaulted by a group of youths in an alleyway.

He was pushed over and suffered a cut to his head in the fall which required hospital treatment. No attempts were made to steal anything from the victim.

The incident happened at around 4.20pm on Thursday 30 August in the St Johns Lane area.

Police are urging anyone who witnessed the assault in St Johns Lane or a possible altercation beforehand outside the Cornish Bakehouse on Westgate Street to come forward.

Gloucestershire Constabulary Hate Crime Coordinator PC Steph Lawrence said: “This was a particularly distressing and nasty offence where we believe a young man was assaulted due to his learning difficulties.

“We are now asking for the public’s help to identify four males who are believed to be aged between 14 and 18 in connection with the incident. If you know who was responsible, witnessed the incident, or have any information which could help with enquiries, please call police.

“I’d also like to thank the member of the public who called this in and recognised that this was a hate crime. We take all reports such as this very seriously and if you have been the victim of a hate crime, or have witnessed one, please do call police on 101 or 999 if offenders are present.”

One youth police would like to identify was riding a bike and was wearing blue jeans and a dark long-sleeved top. Another was in dark tracksuit bottoms and a dark coloured long-sleeved top. A third male was wearing white shoes, dark coloured trousers, a dark jacket with a light hooded top underneath and the fourth male was wearing white shoes and all dark clothing.

Anyone with information is to call police on 101 and quote incident 254 of 30 August or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.