Thug attacks disabled man and leaves him with grisly injuries outside takeaway

A disabled man was knocked out of his wheelchair and left with a horrific gash on his head in a brutal attack.

Karl Dean, 47, who has cerebral palsy, had spent Sunday evening with two friends at The Bank pub in Hull.

He was attacked around 11.30pm outside a takeaway and knocked out of his wheelchair.

The thug left him with a “massive cut” to his head, dizziness and headaches.

Mr Dean told Hull Live : “I was suddenly approached from behind by a male who pushed me and my wheelchair over.

“I remember seeing him running away before I hit the ground with my wheelchair landing on top of me.

“I was knocked out for a few seconds."

Mr Dean was helped up by his two friends and taken home where the police and ambulance were called.

“I was then helped by my friends back into my chair. They then took me home and called the police and an ambulance,” he continued.

“I have some nasty gashes on my head and I am feeling very sick and dizzy this morning.”

Humberside Police are now investigating, but Mr Dean has no idea why he was targeted.

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“Why me?” he said. "He didn’t try to rob me, he just ran off, my mates were more worried about me,” he added.

“I was totally in shock I have never been attacked before in my life."

Despite his injuries, Karl won’t let the incident change his way of life.

He said: “I am in a lot of pain but this will not stop me from going out.

“I am an independent man, I enjoy life to the full. I don’t let my disability get in the way.”

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He added: “This man needs stopping before he kills someone, if he has done this to an old aged pensioner, they could be dead now.”

A Humberside Police spokeswoman said: “We are investigating a report that a man was assaulted on Holderness Road, Hull at approximately 11.30pm on Sunday, August 23.

“It was reported that the man’s wheelchair was pushed over causing him to fall to the ground.

"The man suffered injuries which are not thought to be life-threatening.

"Enquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances of the incident and we would ask anyone who may have witnessed the assault to contact us on our non-emergency number 101 quoting log 1 of today, Monday, August 24."

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