Police probe 'unprovoked attack' on barista in Sheffield city centre

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A Sheffield barista who was assaulted as he opened up to start his shift has sparked a police probe.

Officers were called to reports a 24-year-old man was assaulted in a 'unprovoked attack' by a 'Polish speaking' man around 10am on Sunday, October 16 in Orchard Square, city centre.

A 24-year-old man was reportedly assaulted in Orchard Square as he opened up the shop he works in on Sunday, October 16

A 24-year-old man was reportedly assaulted in Orchard Square as he opened up the shop he works in on Sunday, October 16

The employee, who doesn't want to be named, suffered a swollen eye and told The Star the incident had left him shaken.

The 24-year-old said the man pictured in the CCTV image is the same person who attacked him.

The barista said: "These two guys came in with coffee cups from a different shop and I asked them politely to leave but they soon started being abusive.

"I told them to leave again and I rang security. I walked around the counter and one of the men punched a chalkboard in my face - it was completely unprovoked."

The employee was left with a black eye and called the police shortly after who came in the day after to collect a statement.

The man in question is said to have returned to the store and threatened the barista again in Polish.

"It shook me up, I didn't feel like I wanted to return to work, I didn't feel safe.

"No one can do their job properly if they're being threatened or assaulted."

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "Officers were called at around 10am on Sunday, October 16 following reports of an assault at a coffee shop in Orchard Square in Sheffield city centre.

"It is reported that a 24-year-old man was working inside the business when two men walked into the premises. It is alleged that the men became verbally abusive towards the 24-year-old.

"It is then believed that one of the men threw an object at the 24-year-old, causing a minor facial injury.

"The men reportedly left the premises shortly after the incident."

Officers are urging anyone who witnessed the incident to call 101 or by emailing enquiries@southyorks.pnn.police.uk quoting incident number 393 of October 16, 2016.