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Hunt for thug who beat up York solicitor
A FATHER-of-two who was seriously injured in an unprovoked street assault has told of his ordeal and said he feared his attacker could kill someone.
Martin Legg, 49, wants to encourage the thug who punched him and left him needing surgery to come forward, or for others to identify him.
Mr Legg, a solicitor, was walking home from The Phoenix pub in George Street, York, towards the car park in Peel Street at about 11pm on Sunday, August 11, when a youth ran across the street and punched him.
Mr Legg said: “My biggest concern is that they are going to kill someone if they hit their head on the pavement.
“I was quite lucky, which is a weird way to see it.”
Mr Legg needed surgery to his face after the single punch fractured his cheekbone and caused three fractures to his eye socket.
He was taken to York Hospital where he underwent two operations to repair his smashed eye socket and torn tear duct.
He now has two metal plates behind his eye and one side of his face is numb.
He said: “The feeling will either come back in its own time or it won’t. My wife and two daughters were traumatised.”
Mr Legg’s attacker was part of a group of six youths who were standing on the other side of the road before one ran across and attacked Mr Legg.
Afterwards, he stood over him with his fist clenched shouting “come on then” before walking off towards Piccadilly.
The youth has been described as aged 17 to 20, white and with a roundish face.
Mr Legg said: “I don’t want anyone else to have to go through what I did.
‘‘It is not a stupid game and they should do the decent thing and hand themselves in.”
Detective Constable Chris Hogg, of York CID, said: “If any of the group have a conscience, I urge them to come forward and tell the police what they know.
‘‘I also urge them to be mindful that if one of their group has a penchant for violence, that they are careful not get drawn in as well.”
Anyone with information should phone police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.