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Man left with head injuries after 20 youth racist attack

A Polish man has been left with head injuries after allegedly being assaulted by a group - in what police have called a racist attack in Leeds.

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The 28-year-old victim was seriously injured when he was kicked and punched by a group of up to 20 youths in Alliance Street, Armley, at about 9.35pm on Friday.

Police say he and a friend had been confronted by the group and assaulted in nearby Town Street shortly before the attack. The victim ran off along Wortley Road and was pursued by the group to Alliance Street.

He received a cut to his to head that required stitches and is continuing to receive treatment in hospital. His injuries are not considered life threatening.

His attackers were described as a group of about 20 males, aged 16 to 18 wearing hooded tops.

The incident is being treated as racially aggravated due to comments made to victim and friends.

I want to reassure people, particularly the local Polish community, that we will not tolerate hate incidents of this nature and will do everything we can to ensure the people responsible are brought to justice

Detectives from Leeds District CID are carrying out extensive enquiries into this incident and are checking CCTV in the area and speaking to witnesses. The victim is being supported by specialist officers.

It is vital that we hear from anyone who witnessed any part of this incident or who has any information that could assist us in tracing the people responsible.

Armley is an area with a strong sense of community across a population from a range of ethnicities and nationalities and I know that people living there will be as shocked and appalled as we are at this incident.

I appreciate this attack will have understandably caused heightened concerns among eastern European communities but we are treating it as an isolated incident and not as an indicator of any ongoing hate issue in the area.

Officers from the local neighbourhood policing team increased their patrols in the area in response to this incident and will be maintaining and increased presence to reassure people. We will also continue to keep local councillors and other community representatives updated.

– Chief Superintendent Paul Money, Leeds District Commander
The incident took place on Alliance Street Credit: ITV News

Armley is a tolerant and welcoming community where I lived with my own children for 15 years, without incident. News of this terrible incident has left me both devastated and confused.

This is not the Armley I know and love and I hope our communities will come together to show others that Armley is a safe place to live and work, despite the despicable actions of an ignorant few

– Councillor Alison Lowe

The incident happened on the same day Theresa May expressed her "deep regret" over attacks on Polish citizens living in the UK to the Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo in a telephone conversation.

Mrs May told her counterpart "hate crime has no place in UK society".

The prime minister called Prime Minister Szydlo to express her deep regret at recent attacks on Polish citizens in the UK.

Prime Minister Szydlo thanked her for the continuing support of the British authorities and expressed her gratitude that the home secretary and foreign secretary had received their Polish counterparts in London this week to discuss the incidents.

The prime minister reiterated that hate crime has no place in UK society, highlighting the action that both the Government and the police are taking.

– A Downing Street spokesman