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09th Aug 2022

Wheelchair-bound man left with ‘potentially life-changing injuries’ after attack by teens

Steve Hopkins

The man was subjected to a ‘sustained attack’ and was left ‘incredibly distressed’

The public is being asked to help identify a group of youths after a wheelchair-bound man was attacked and left with “potentially life-changing” injuries after being chased down in the street.

The vulnerable man in his 30s was attacked alongside a friend in his 40’s in the Cathedral Green area of Salisbury, Wiltshire, after being spotted by the group around 9.15pm on 19 July.

Police said the pair were chased into the High Street and onto Crane Street by the group, before the man in the wheelchair was subjected to a “sustained attack” that left him “incredibly distressed”.

Detectives say due to the location of the attack they expect there are witnesses among the public yet to come forward.

CCTV footage of a group of four youths in their mid-teens – three males and one female – was released by police on Tuesday as their hunt for the attackers continues.

In the photos, one of the males is topless, while the two other wear a blue t-shirt and grey hoodie with white writing. All four are wearing shorts, while the female is pictured in a white sleeveless top.

Police want help to identify the teenagers.

Detective constable Susan Ellway said: “This was a sustained attack, during which a vulnerable man has suffered serious injuries which have left him incredibly distressed.

“The incident happened in a public place with a number of members of the public believed to be witnesses.

“We have already obtained a number of witness accounts and we would continue to urge anyone with information to get in touch.”

Ellway added that “behaviour of this nature is completely abhorrent and will not be tolerated within our community”.

“I know those living in Salisbury will be frustrated and upset by this incident.

“We would like to reassure residents that we are conducting a robust investigation to identify those involved.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 and quote crime reference number 54220075949. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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