Man attacked with iron bar in 'horrible' hate crime

By Sam Hall in Crime

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a man was attacked in broad daylight in what is believed to be a hate crime.

The victim – in his 40s and of Middle Eastern appearance – was set upon by two men who punched and hit him with an iron bar in Dawlish last month.

The horrific attack took place on the junction of John Nash Drive and Oak Hill on Wednesday, July 19, between 1pm and 1.15pm.

A police spokesman said: ’It is alleged that one offender got out of a vehicle and started to punch the victim in the face.

’The other offender then took an iron bar from the vehicle and started hitting the victim with it.

’We believe this was because of the victim’s appearance and loose-speaking English.

’It is a horrible attack and we would like to find the offenders.’

Anyone with information can contact the police by calling 101 and quoting crime number CR/061270/17.

’We believe there was a woman who may have witnessed the assault and we are keen to speak to her’ the spokesman added.