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Police appeal after wheelchair user is left with 'life-changing' injuries from attack

Jake Massey

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Police appeal after wheelchair user is left with 'life-changing' injuries from attack

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

Police are appealing for information after a group of teenagers attacked a wheelchair user, leaving him with potentially life-changing injuries.

The vulnerable man in his 30s was attacked alongside a friend in his 40s in the Cathedral Green area of Salisbury, Wiltshire, at around 9.15pm on 19 July.

The pair were set upon by a group of four youths and were chased into the High Street and on to Crane Street.

Both sustained injuries in the assault, though the damage inflicted on the wheelchair user's leg during the 'sustained attack' could be life-changing.

Police said the attack was 'sustained'. Credit: SWNS
Police said the attack was 'sustained'. Credit: SWNS

Police believe that, due to the location of the attack, there could well be witnesses among the public yet to come forward.

CCTV images show a group of youths in their mid-teens, three males and one female.

In the photos, one of the boys is pictured topless, while another can be seen in a blue t-shirt, and the third is wearing a grey hoodie with white writing on the front.

The girl is pictured in a white sleeveless top, and all four are wearing shorts.

Police are now calling on witnesses to assist them with their enquiries, particularly in identifying the individuals involved in the attack.

The victim was left 'incredibly distressed'. Credit: SWNS
The victim was left 'incredibly distressed'. Credit: SWNS

Detective Constable Susan Ellway said: "This was a sustained attack, during which a vulnerable man has suffered serious injuries which have left him incredibly distressed.

"The incident happened in a public place with a number of members of the public believed to be witnesses.

"We have already obtained a number of witness accounts and we would continue to urge anyone with information to get in touch.

"Behaviour of this nature is completely abhorrent and will not be tolerated within our community.

"I know those living in Salisbury will be frustrated and upset by this incident.

"We would like to reassure residents that we are conducting a robust investigation to identify those involved."

Police are appealing for help identifying the youths. Credit: SWNS
Police are appealing for help identifying the youths. Credit: SWNS

Anyone with information should call 101 and quote crime reference number 54220075949. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Topics: Crime, UK News

Jake Massey
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