Witness plea after man is assaulted

Police investigating a violent attack on a man in Ripon believe a witness could hold vital information about the assault,

The attack on the 24-year-old local man happened next to the children’s play area on Harrogate Road, on Friday, July 22, at around 6am.

Police said the victim suffered a broken leg and ankle after he was punched, kicked and pushed over a wall during the assault by the single attacker.

The force is now appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward with information.

PC Jereme Hillcoat, of Ripon police, said: “This was a nasty attack which left the victim requiring hospital treatment.

“I am appealing to anyone who witnessed the assault to contact the police or Crimestoppers with any information that can help the investigation.”

• Anyone with information about the assault can contact PC 1708 Hillcoat at Ripon police station on 0845 6060247, quoting reference number 12110129680. Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.