Corporal recovering after attack

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A FORMER RAF corporal is recovering from a fractured skull after being ambushed by a three-man gang.

Michael Binns was walking through Lee Mount, Halifax, after a night out when he was set upon on a path leading to Old Lee Bank Road.

He is now home recovering and asking for anyone who can help trace his attackers to call the police.

He said abuse had been shouted at him by three men walking on the other side of the road before he was assaulted.

“I heard something behind me and as I was turning round to see what it was I got smacked on the side of the face,” said Mr Binns, 34.

He was knocked unconscious, he believes for a minute or two, and when he woke up the men had left but he could still hear them laughing.

“There was lots of blood,” he said. “I managed to get myself home and call an ambulance.”

The father-of three, who served 12 years with the RAF, was suffering from a fractured skull, a broken cheekbone and a small brain bleed.

He was in and out of hospital several times, seeing specialists at Bradford Royal Infirmary and Leeds General Infirmary.

“It’s effected my mum quite badly, she’s worried about me going out now,” he said.

“I didn’t really get a good look at them because it was dark.

“I’m a big believer in what goes around comes around.”

Police are urging anyone who witnessed the attack or has information that could help their investigation to get in touch.

The assault happened on Sunday, April 24, between 1.50am and 2.15am.

Anyone who can help should call PC Darren Peace from Calderdale Police on 0845 6060606 or Crime Stopper, where information can be passed on anonymously, on 0800 555111.