Polish man hurt in racist attack in Barnsley

Police hunt thug over racist attack in Barnsley
Police hunt thug over racist attack in Barnsley
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Police are hunting a man who hurled racist abuse at a Polish man in Barnsley before punching him.

The 29-year-old victim was working for a removals company when a stranger approached him and began making racist remarks.

South Yorkshire Police said the man was moving furniture outside a house on Junction Street when he was attacked.

He fell to the ground and needed hospital treatment for head and facial injuries.

The attacker was white, around 5ft 10ins tall and of average build.

He was in his late twenties or early thirties, had short, ginger hair and is believed to have had tattoos on one or both of his arms.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: "Police are appealing for witnesses after a 29-year-old man was reportedly assaulted in Barnsley earlier this month.

"A 29-year-old Polish man was outside a property in Junction Street, Barnsley, moving some furniture for a removals company.

"During the course of his work, it is believed that an unknown man approached the 29-year-old. He is alleged to have made a number of racist comments.

"As the 29-year-old closed his removal van’s doors, the unknown man is reported to have punched the victim, causing him to fall to the floor.

"He required hospital treatment for injuries to his face and head.

"Despite extensive enquiries in the local community and several witnesses already coming forward with information, the suspect has not yet been identified.

"Police understand that there were people in the street at the time of the assault and are urging anyone with information to come forward."

Anyone with information about the incident at 4.55pm on Saturday, August 8 should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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