Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Police Took Four Hours to Turn Up after I Was Attacked by Racists

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Police Took Four Hours to Turn Up after I Was Attacked by Racists

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A HOSPITAL consultant injured by yobs during a vile racist attack has slammed the police for taking 'four hours' to turn up.

Wolid Deeb, 34, was attacked by '10 teenagers' while walking on Great Bridgewater Street in the city centre. He said they hurled racist insults at him during the assault in which he 'twisted awkwardly', leaving him with a serious knee injury.

As a result, he says he's been signed off work at a hospital trauma centre for three weeks. He is also awaiting surgery. After the assault, he says he dragged himself to the side of the road to phone the police - but claims they never turned up at the scene.

Greater Manchester Police told the M.E.N. they are investigating the case, which they are treating as a hate crime. But Wolid said: "I don't officers, I system Wolid "I waited for two hours at the roadside and then went home and waited for two hours more."

He added: "I was supposed to be at work the next day but I've not been able to work since because I'm on crutches. I've got a frame around my leg to keep it in place and I may need surgery because I've torn my cruciate ligament. But where were the police? There is something seriously socially wrong, I'm thinking of emigrating."

Wolid was walking near the Britons Protection from his home in Piccadilly at around 7.30pm on October 18 when the incident unfolded.

Opposite the Peveril of the Peak, Wolid said '10 youths' attacked him from behind.

He added: "They tried to pull my bag from me, one jumped on my bag. I was twisted and turning awkwardly. They were all aged 16 and below. I turned around to try and protect myself, one threw an ice cream at me. I didn't let them take my bag."

The boys eventually ran off, shouting racist insults as they left. When Wolid stood up his leg gave way. "I knew I didn't need an ambulance and that I could get home by taxi," he said. …

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