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Polish man beaten up in brutal attack

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a man in his 30s suffered significant injuries following a racially aggravated assault in Yeovil. The victim, a Polish national, was walking along St Michael’s Avenue at about 6pm on Friday, June 24, 2016, when he was approached by two men in front of the old Green Dragon pub. The men had come from the direction of Sherborne Road.

After asking the victim whether he spoke he English the men then repeatedly punched and kicked him, continuing the attack as he lay on the floor. The victim required hospital treatment after suffering a potentially life changing eye injury in addition to a fractured cheek bone and substantial bruising to his body. While the incident happened on June 24, it was not reported to police until June 27, 2016.

PC Jason Sims said: “This is a despicable attack on a man as he walked down the street which appears to be motivated purely by hate.

“We’re taking this incident extremely seriously and are doing everything we can to support the victim who has been left psychologically traumatised as well as physically hurt.

“We’re grateful the attack was reported to us and would always encourage anyone who has been a victim of hate crime to let us know.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call 101 quoting crime reference number 5216140652.

Anyone with information about any hate incident should report it either by calling 999 in an emergency or 101 in a non-emergency, or in person at a police station.

A police spokesman said: “We would always prefer to speak to people on the phone or in person but if contacting us online is the safest way to get in touch victims can complete our online reporting form.

“If you are unsure or uncomfortable about contacting us directly you can report through an independent agency or online at www.report-it.org.uk.”