Police appeals after violent town attacks

Chief Superintendent Angela Williams.
Chief Superintendent Angela Williams.

Police have launched a number of witness appeals after a spate of violent attacks in Halifax town centre.

Victims have been bottled, robbed, knocked unconscious and left with broken jaws as a result of the attacks carried out by gangs of men and lone assailants.

Calderdale District Commander Chief Superintendent Angela Williams said the incidents were isolated and people should not be fearful of socialising in the town centre.

“People are very confident in policing across Calderdale and our confidence levels show that,” said Chf Supt Williams.

“If you look at anti-social behaviour, which would include some of this rowdy drunken behaviour, it is at an all-time low and I think people do feel safe to go out and socialise in the town centre.

“Should any incidents occur we respond very quickly.

“What I would say is that these incidents are isolated.”

l A 49-year-old man was left with serious cuts to his arm after being hit with a bottle in an unprovoked attack. The victim’s wife injured her ankle trying to defend him from the lone attacker.

The incident happened just after midnight on Saturday at the back of the Woolshops Shopping Centre car park. The suspect is described as a tall white male, in his late 20s or early 30s with long scruffy hair. He was wearing dark clothing.

Police want witnesses to come forward, particularly two men in the vicinity at the time. One of the men, believed to be in his 30s, had short dark hair, and was wearing dark trousers and a blue shirt. He was seen walking on the other side of the road to the couple through the Woolshops Shopping Centre. The other man was seen walking out of the Woolshops car park. He was wearing shorts, a light shirt, dark waistcoat and a cowboy style hat. He is in his 40s and had long mousey coloured hair. They also want to speak to anyone drinking outside the Old Post Office pub.

l A 47-year-old woman had her handbag robbed and was pushed to the ground by her female attacker. It happened at the ATM in Old Cock Yard on Friday, July 25, around 12.15am.

l A man was knocked out and left with serious head wounds following an attack in Ward’s End at around 11.30pm on Saturday, July 19.

Acting Detective Sergeant Gordon Little said: “The assault at Ward’s End followed an altercation in the Dixy Chicken takeaway and before that a dispute in a car.”

l A 24-year-old man suffered a serious jaw injury after being set upon by three or four men outside the ‘Get Stuffed’ takeaway on Crown Street at around 4.40am on Sunday, June 15.

The suspects are believed to be white and no older than 22. One is also believed to have thick brown hair.

l A man was left with a broken jaw and head injuries after being attacked by a group of men outside the post office on Commercial Street at 4.40am on Sunday, July 20.

Any witnesses to the above crimes are asked to call Calderdale CID via 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.