A man's jaw has been broken as he tried to defend his friends from racist abuse in Taunton.
It happened on Friday afternoon in Victoria Park - the 20 year old victim was walking with two women at around 5pm.
Police say they were approached by a large group of young people - some of whom then racially abused the two women before repeatedly punching the man in the face.
This was a violent and disturbing attack in which the victim and his friends were threatened and intimidated by a large group of people.
There can never be any excuse for hate crime or violence in any shape or form and this criminality will not be tolerated.
Police are keen to hear from any witnesses.
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