A Polish man suffered head injuries during a street assault by a group of up to 30 men in what police say is a racist attack.
It happened in Armley at around 9.35pm on Friday, the same day Prime Minister Theresa May told her Polish counterpart of her deep regret at a recent series of attacks on Polish citizens in the UK.
A member of the public called police stating that a large group of youths had surrounded a Polish man who was bleeding on the floor. Officers found the victim unconscious with injuries to his face and head. Enquiries established that two Polish men had been attacked initially on Town Street.
One of the men was chased to a nearby street where he was assaulted.
The man is currently being treated in hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.
West Yorkshire Police confirmed that the attack is being treated as a racist incident and investigations are ongoing.
Armley councillor Alison Lowe said: “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”.
On Friday Mrs May expressed her “deep regret” over attacks on Polish citizens living in the UK in a phone call to her counterpart in Warsaw. The Prime Minister told Beata Szydlo that “hate crime has no place in UK society”.
Poles have been victims in a series of incidents since the UK voted to leave the European Union in June, including the killing of Arkadiusz Jozwik in Harlow, Essex, and the assault of two Polish men within hours of a vigil following his death.
The Polish Embassy in London has intervened 15 times in recent weeks over reports of xenophobic incidents.
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