‘EDL supporter’ wanted by police after racist attack

Police have released a CCTV image of a suspected English Defence League supporter from Preston wanted in relation to a racist attack.

The assault happened at around 6.45pm on Monday, August 26 last year, when a 19-year-old man was sat in his car outside a fast food shop on Bradshawgate in Bolton.

The victim was racially abused by a gang of men and when he got out of his car he was punched in the face, suffering a cut to his eye.

Witnesses intervened and the offenders ran off.

Det Con Gary Knox said: “We believe this man had attended an EDL march earlier that day before drinking at a pub in the town centre.

“Following the incident, we believe he has caught a train and got off in the Preston area. Thankfully, the victim did not receive a serious injury and was treated in hospital for a cut.

“I would ask people to take a good look at the image and if they recognise him, to contact police.”

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 5619 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Two men, Thomas Brown, 21, of Lowndes Street, Plungington, Preston, and Anthony Kelly, 34, of HMP Preston, have been charged with racially aggravated assault occasioning actual bodily harm. They are due to appear at Bolton Crown Court on a date yet to be confirmed.

Lancashire Evening Post