Horror attack on Halifax teen on A-level night - five arrested

A TEENAGER who was brutally attacked in a Halifax street was on his way to celebrate his A-level results.

Richard Lister was last night critically ill in hospital with head injuries after he was robbed on Skircoat Green Road. Detectives have described the attack as “totally unprovoked and sickening” and are urging people to help them find the culprits.

Richard’s mother Debbie Critchell said the 18-year-old, who lives in Skircoat, was pleased with his results and was on his way into Halifax town centre to meet friends when he was attacked by five men at 10.12pm on Thursday.

Police were called by a woman who lives on Skircoat Green Road after Richard came to her door asking for help.

Mrs Critchell said: “We want to thank the family who helped him. Without their help, I don’t think Richard would be he here.”

Richard has undergone a major operation and his condition was last night described as critical.

He is well known in Halifax and has been working at the Watermill in Salterhebble but wants to do web design and IT work and was waiting for his results so he could put them on his CV and start applying for that kind of work.”

Detective Inspector Gary Stephenson from Calderdale CID said; “This is a young man who has been on his way to celebrate his A-level results and he has been the subject of a totally unprovoked and sickening attack.”

An 18-year-old woman and four men from Bradford aged 20, 17, 17 and 19 were arrested in connection with the assault. They were being questioned today.

Detectives are investigating whether the incident in Skircoat Green is linked to another robbery at 9.50pm the same night on Moor Bottom Road in Illingworth, Halifax.

A man was robbed there by three or four men.

Police are appealing for any witnesses or anyone with information to contact Halifax CID on 01422 337085 or CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.