Man arrested over meat cleaver attack at Rotherham petrol station

A man has been arrested over a racist attack at a Rotherham petrol station in which an Asian man had part of his finger sliced off with a meat cleaver.

Police said today a 23-year-old man from Rotherham has been arrested on suspicion of racially-aggravated grievous bodily harm.

The man has been released on bail as enquiries continue.

Two men attacked a 31-year-old Asian man at the BP Garage in Herringthorpe Valley Road in Herringthorpe, Rotherham, just before 6am on Saturday, February 27.

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It was reported that the victim had been dropped off by a taxi to use the cash machine at the garage when he was approached by two men. The first man is reported to have punched the victim several times in the face before the second man used what has been described as a meat cleaver to slice off the top of his left hand forefinger.

The two men then left the scene in a dark-coloured vehicle.

The victim was taken to hospital for treatment, but has since been discharged.

The first man is described as white, of tall, slim build. The victim was unable to provide a description of the second man.

Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting incident 223 of 27 February 2016. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or email information to police via [email protected].