Two teens arrested for attempted murder over ‘race hate attack’ on NHS worker in Bristol
TWO teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after an NHS worker was 'hit by a car in a race-hate attack' in Bristol.
The victim, 21, who has not been named, was walking home from his shift at Southmead Hospital when he was 'deliberately' struck by a car, it's claimed.
The thugs allegedly yelled "f****** n*****" after running the innocent victim into a wall.
They then ditched the car and fled, leaving the man to fight for his life, it was alleged.
The victim was left with a broken leg, nose and cheekbone, and will need plastic surgery to his face and leg.
Witness Colin Tarr, 74, who ran to help, said the alleged attackers used masks to hide their identity.
The retired aerospace engineer claimed: "Their faces were covered with Covid-19 masks and hats pulled down.
"They seemed to be wearing them to prevent them being identified rather than for health purposes but I could see they were both white and their victim was black.
"If I hadn't reversed the car off him, he could have died, I'm sure. He was in a bad way."
Hero Colin then drove after the attackers but they managed to escape.
He said: "I went back to see how the young man was.
"He was still lying where I'd left him on the pavement covered in blood. His head, back and legs were bleeding heavily."
He alleges he heard the attackers shouting "horrible racist abuse" at the victim.
"He was clearly in a lot of pain," Colin said.
"There was an initial bang when the car hit him, then the sound of a smash as his head went through the windscreen, shattering it.
"He ended up crushed against a wall with railings and he was completely trapped by the car."
The young man said: "I have six months of recovery ahead of me, minimum.
"I have a broken leg, nose and cheekbone, will need plastic surgery to my face and leg and am walking on crutches."
Police confirmed they are treating the incident as a racially aggravated assault – and today, two men have been arrested.
A spokesperson said: "A 21-year-old man sustained serious injuries including a broken leg, nose and cheekbone after being deliberately struck by a car on Monks Park Avenue, Horfield at 4.30pm on Wednesday, July 22.
"The incident is being treated as a racially-aggravated attack due to the racist language used by the occupants of the car.
"A dedicated investigation team was put in place following the incident and continues to carry out enquiries with the support of officers from our Major Crime Investigation Team.
"Two men, both aged 18, were subsequently arrested this morning on suspicion of attempted murder and are currently in police custody.
"The vehicle involved in the incident has been seized and we’re awaiting the results of a full forensic examination carried out on it."
Andrea Young, Chief Executive at North Bristol NHS Trust, said it was "incredibly saddened" by the harm suffered by a member of staff.
She said: "The police believe this to have been a racially aggravated attack and we are horrified that this is something that has happened to one of our friends and colleague.
"Racism, in any form, has no place in our society and that an attack such as this can happen is shocking."
Police are asking anyone who saw a dark blue Honda Accord being driven in the area at around that time, or those with any CCTV or dashcam footage of the incident or the vehicle just beforehand, to get in touch.
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