A serving member of the armed forces is in a serious condition in hospital after being struck by a blue mercedes on New Year’s Day outside of a nightclub.
Images of the Soldier have been shared on social media with members of the armed forces community and their supporters sharing their well-wishes for the brave soldier.
It is alleged that a coward deliberately targeted the serving soldier in an act of true cowardliness and callousness.
The exact circumstances of the incident are not clear, but West Yorkshire Police have released a statement stating that:
‘Police have arrested a man as part of their investigation in to an incident outside TBC nightclub in Batley.
‘The incident happened around 4:41am on New Year’s Day outside the TBC nightclub on Bradford Road, close to the junction with Hick Lane.
‘There was an altercation inside the club with a group of males which then proceeded outside the premises.
‘A 21-year-old male was then knocked down by a blue Mercedes and seriously injured.
‘This incident is being treated as a serious assault.
‘The blue Mercedes fled the scene but was later recovered by police.
‘Police can confirm that the 21-year-old male victim in this matter is a serving member of HM Forces.
‘The victim is in a serious but stable and conscious state, talking to family at his bedside and when he is ready the police will be speaking to him.
‘The full circumstances leading to the point at which the victim was struck by the vehicle are under investigation.
‘A 27-year-old man from Dewsbury has been arrested on suspicion on section 18 wounding with intent.‘
Chief Inspector Ben Ryder, said:
“We would like to reassure service personnel that police have no evidence that the victim has been targeted due to his service in the army, or that it is motivated by racism.
“We remain open-minded and would urge anyone who witnessed the incident or has any further information to come forward to assist with our investigation.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the police via 101 quoting crime reference number 13190000498 or information can also be passed to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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“Chief Inspector Ben Ryder, said:
“We would like to reassure service personnel that police have no evidence that the victim has been targeted due to his service in the army, or that it is motivated by racism.””
The realist/cynic in me says probably otherwise, why else say it?
Social media elsewhere is stating he was set upon by as many as 15 Asian men. Love how the police automatically say now it’s not terror related when they haven’t even investigated.