Arrests made over racially aggravated hit-and-run attack on NHS worker

K was left with serious injuries after the attack. Credit: ITV West Country


Four men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in relation to a racially aggravated hit-and-run attack on an NHS worker, police have said.

The 21-year-old musician, student and part time NHS worker suffered serious injuries including a broken leg, nose and cheekbone in the incident.

The man, who wishes to be known only as K or his stage name K-Dogg, was struck by a car as he walked in Monks Park Avenue in Horfield, Bristol, after finishing his shift at nearby Southmead Hospital on July 22 at 4.30pm.

The 21-year-old said he will be scarred for life. Credit: ITV News

Avon and Somerset Police said the incident is being treated as a racially aggravated attack due to racist language used by the two occupants of the car - who fled the scene.

Two 18-year-old suspects were arrested on Saturday 1 August and have been released under investigation.

A 22-year-old man was detained on Sunday 2 August and has also been released under investigation.

In the latest development, a 23-year-old was detained on Tuesday 4 August and has been released under investigation.

The vehicle involved in the incident has been seized and police are awaiting the results of a forensic examination that was carried out on it, a force spokesman said.

Police are continuing to take witness statements, complete house-to-house inquiries and ensure any available CCTV has been fully reviewed.

Superintendent Andy Bennett, of Avon and Somerset Police, said: "We appreciate this incident has caused a significant amount of concern but we’d like to stress there is no intelligence or information to indicate there’s a further risk to the public."

The attack happened after he had finished a shift at Southmead Hospital. Credit: PA images

He added: "I know the senior detective overseeing the investigation has spoken personally with the victim to provide as much reassurance as she can and a dedicated contact officer continues to update him about the progress of the investigation."

Supt Bennett said the force continues to work with community leaders, the local authority and the charity Stand Against Racism & Inequality (SARI) - which is supporting K and his family.

"I’d like to thank the many members of the public who have shown their support either by providing us with information or making gestures of solidarity with the victim," Supt Bennett said.

"Bristol is a wonderful city full of diverse communities and I continue to be heartened by its reactions to incidents such as this."

A fundraising page for K - set up by his friend in the wake of the incident - has reached more than £30,000.

K and his sister following the incident Credit: Claire Hayhurst/PA

K, a keen footballer, has been left unable to walk without crutches following the incident - only able to sleep sitting up in a chair and requiring regular hospital treatment for his injuries.

Doctors have said it will take a minimum of six months before the 21-year-old is able to do most things - but it will take longer for him to be back to full fitness.

He has been left permanently scarred, with surgeons unable to remove glass and grit in his face.

A fundraising page set up by his friend Simeon Mccarthy has received more than £31,000 in donations, and has been supported by the band Massive Attack.

Mr Mccarthy said the money would go directly to K to support him through his recovery "in whichever way he sees fit".