A dad-of-three today revealed he thought he was ‘going to die’ during an attack by a gang which left him with a punctured lung.
Naz Akram, aged 34, was working in premises on Spital Hill, Burngreave, when he confronted yobs who banged on the window – shocking diners.
The married father-of-three said he challenged two youths about their behaviour and then a third appeared, who was ‘aggressive and swearing’.
Another then joined in the fracas – punching Mr Akram three times and knocking him to the floor, where he was repeatedly kicked.
He said there was a pack of up to 10 youths around him during the attack at around 10pm on Thursday.
Police officers called to the scene took him to the Northern General Hospital, where he was treated for a punctured lung and kept in overnight.
Mr Akram, from Fir Vale, said: “I thought I was going to die when I was attacked and want nobody else to have to go through that, so we need more police up here dealing with the problems.”
Now he wants witnesses – including passengers on buses going past at the time – to come forward and help police find the gang.
He hopes the attack has been captured on CCTV cameras but said more police officers are needed to protect members of the public, particularly at night.
Gangs of youths congregate off Spital Hill, close to the old library, he claims.
Mr Akram said they can keep out of public view because of all the bushes surrounding the building.
“There are gangs of youths and young men on the streets 24/7, but they are getting away with attacks and taking drugs because they can hide behind all the bushes,” he said.