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Man defending friends from racial abuse has jaw broken in 'violent and disturbing attack'

Police are keen to hear from any witnesses to the incident in Victoria Park. Credit: Google Earth

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.

– DS Mark Probert

Police are keen to hear from any witnesses.

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