Teen’s gang attack terror

Fountain Street, Halifax
Fountain Street, Halifax

A TRAUMATISED teenager is the latest victim of a street gang attacks in Halifax.

Joe Welsh, 18, from Mixenden, Halifax, was kicked in the face and had his head smashed on the kerb during a horrific assault.

He was enjoying a night out in the town centre with friends when a gang of up to 10 men pounced on him.

Joe’s attack happened just two days after Richard Lister from Skircoat was attacked as he walked into the town centre to celebrate his A-level results.

Joe had been with a group of seven friends drinking at The Goose, Yates and were leaving Maggie’s on Fountain Street when Joe, a Calderdale College student, heard racist abuse yelled at one of his friends.

A group of ten men set about Joe, including one described by police as white, around 6ft tall and with short dark hair and aged around 20, jumped and hit him on the top of the head.

“I said what’s the point of that. We were just having a good night out,” he told the Courier.

“I woke up with the person on top of me. I was shocked. I could see the aggression on his face. It was like the veins were popping out. I started punching him back because he was still hitting me in the face and back of my head,” he said.

His sister, 22 year-old Kirsty, stood helplessly watching the attack.

“They chucked me in the middle of the road and a lorry was coming. I remember seeing a boot in my face and then I smashed my head on the kerb,” said Joe.

Before he lost consciousness he heard his 18 year-old girlfriend Leigh Griffiths screaming.

The police were called to Fountain Street but thought it was a night-time skirmish. Joe contacted them again days later once the effect of his injuries became clear.

Joe went to Calderdale Royal Hospital the next day. He was transferred to Bradford Royal Infirmary where he was told he had a hairline fracture on his cheekbone.

He was given a CT scan which revealed a broken septum.

DS Ross Wadsworth said: “It appears that a verbal alteraction had taken place before the man was attacked. Enquiries are ongoing. We ask anyone who witnessed the incident or who has any information to contact police.”

Witnesses are asked to call DC Graham Bennett in Calderdale CID on 0845 6060606.