10:34am Tuesday 10th September 2013
By SNJ Reporter
POLICE are trying to trace witnesses to an assault on a disabled man in Gloucester on Wednesday, September 4.
The victim, a 25-year-old Gloucester man, was walking along London Road when he was attacked by two men close to the Jet garage at about 9.50pm.
They forced the victim to the floor before kicking him repeatedly in the head.
The offenders made off from the scene as witnesses came to tend to the victim.
Officers want to speak to several people who would have seen the assault.
These include: A black man who was at the bus stop outside the Jet garage. He is of medium build and was wearing dark trousers, a light coloured shirt and a bag over his shoulder; A white woman wearing a light coloured top with horizontal stripes and dark trousers. She was stood in the middle of the road during the assault.
PC Jeff Lloyd said: "This was unprovoked and shocking. The victim believes he was targeted because he is disabled so it's a hate crime.
"He was treated by paramedics and suffered facial swelling and bruising as well as a graze on his head.
"If you were a witness call us straight away. It's vital we talk to you."
Anyone with information should call 101 and quote incident 509 of September 4.
Two men aged 24 and 21 and from Gloucester have been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm in connection with the case and are currently in police custody.
Gloucestershire Police encourages all victims of hate crime to call police on 101.
It can also be reported via the True Vision website www.report-it.org.uk/home.
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