Man attacked with bats and spades found in a ‘crumpled heap’ in Sheffield house
Bats and spades were used in an attack on a man in a Sheffield street.
A neighbour on Valley Road, Heeley, said he heard two disturbances in the terraced street in the early hours of this morning.
Police officers cordoned off a section of the street and a CSI team was deployed.
Details on the incident under investigation have not yet been released by South Yorkshire Police, but a neighbour heard and witnessed disturbances.
He said: “There were two major incidents.
“My girlfriend and I woke up at around 1am and there were three of them kicking the man's door down. They went in and roughed him up a bit and left. We called the police and they turned up.
“For whatever reason he was still in the house a few hours later, at around 4.30am, when there was another attack.
“They kicked the door down and this time the attack was a lot heavier, with bats and spades, and we could hear the impact.
“You could tell he was in a lot of pain because he was screaming and shouting.
“I heard my neighbour shouting up the stairs to him 'are you OK?'.
“I ran outside as well and we both went into the house and saw him in a crumpled heap.
“We phoned for an ambulance and they got here pretty quick.
“He didn't look in a good way. He was alive. I think they'd deliberately made sure it wasn't life-threatening but from the amount of pain he was in and the fact he couldn't move his arms or legs I assume he's broken a lot of bones.”
He added: “We know him a little bit. He's middle-aged, probably in his 40s, and didn't seem the kind of guy who would be involved in that kind of trouble.
“He's a lovely guy but he must have had some real issues with some people you don't want to be involved with.
“He's always been a good neighbour, and other than the occasional loud music we've never had any problems with him.”
The police cordon, which took in three houses, has now been removed.