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Barnsley Soldier Brutally Attacked Hours After Armed Forces Celebrations

Monday July 8 2013

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A BARNSLEY soldier was brutally attacked in the street on the same day as the town honoured its Armed Forces - just hours after getting home from the Falkland Islands.

The savage and unprovoked attack on the 28-year-old in a terraced street in the town centre has left witnesses shaken and horrified.

The corporal, who has served two tours of duty in Afghanistan and one in Iraq, was left with concussion, a broken nose, black eyes and cuts and bruises all over his face, head and neck with some shoulder and pelvic injuries after being repeatedly kicked and stamped on.

He was jumped on from behind at around midnight last Saturday, so has no idea about the identity of the attackers.

In an ironic twist, it was just hours after members of the public had applauded soldiers who paraded outside the Barnsley Town Hall as part of the Armed Forces Day celebrations.

The soldier, who has served 10 years in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, had got back to Barnsley that day after a 30-hour journey home from the Falkland Islands.

His distraught mum, who did not want to be named, said: "All soldiers risk their lives, they put their lives on the line for their colleagues and for their country and we, their family, accept that.

"But we do not accept or expect for a soldier to be attacked by a gang of thugs outside their own home for no reason whatsoever.

"How can it be that in the morning Barnsley is honouring our forces and telling them we are proud of what they do and then hours later a soldier is treated in this way?"

A police spokesman said: "One man was detained on suspicion of assault."

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Reply Posted by maxine on Monday July 8 2013 at 10:48
absolute skip rats, scum of the earth and so very COWARDLY... Must be real hard blokes being in a gang n attacking someone, from behind and in the dark!! Pffft I wonder how proud their parents will feel when they are all identified! Should be arrested for attempted murder not assault!

Wishing the soldier a speedy recovery!

Reply Posted by ... on Monday July 8 2013 at 11:50
"I wonder how proud their parents will feel when they are all identified!"

If it is who I think it is then the parents won't be bothered at all.

Reply Posted by Local on Monday July 8 2013 at 12:06
And I trust that "..." has shared his/her information about who they believe the perpetrators to be with the police?

Reply Posted by ... on Monday July 8 2013 at 12:27
I wasn't a witness. Hearsay is of no use in a court of law.

Reply Posted by Marie on Monday July 8 2013 at 10:56
...couldn't have put it better myself Maxine!

Reply Posted by Claire on Monday July 8 2013 at 11:15
As an army wife and a Barnsley lass I'm totally disgusted and ashamed of these people. Personally I think any attack on British soldiers should be classed as treason as they are the Queens representatives.

Reply Posted by john on Monday July 8 2013 at 14:54
thats all well and good claire but i dont these skip rats stopped to ask if he was a solider

Reply Posted by Mb on Monday July 8 2013 at 11:31
What a joke. Maybe send the hard men that did it to afgan n see how hard thay are then.

Reply Posted by Joy on Monday July 8 2013 at 11:32
Well said Maxine. Its a bit of a bugger when people can't go in town and have a good night out without somebody wanting to smash their faces in. To treat a soldier or anybody else like that us appalling and it's about time the sentencing was harsher, it might then put them off x

Reply Posted by paul on Monday July 8 2013 at 12:06
just because he is a serving soldier dont make them any better than us normal folk,i know they do a great job and i give them my upmost respect maybe it has nothing to do with him being in the forces and more to do with his personel life

Reply Posted by ? on Monday July 8 2013 at 12:18
well said paul

Reply Posted by craig on Monday July 8 2013 at 14:55
i concur ?

Reply Posted by spandangled on Monday July 8 2013 at 12:31
I don't think the fact that he is a soldier shud come into it really it doesn't matter who he was this was still a shamefull violent attack that shud not have been inflicted on anyone at all full stop!
And the media are hyping it up by using the fact that he was a soldier to dramatis what is already a horrific situation for his family no one knows yet why he was a attacked unfortunately in Barnsley there are several un provocked attacks weekly and these thugs may not even have known their victim or that he was a soldier but they did no he was a human being and that this behaviour was unjust and disgusting

Reply Posted by Geoff on Monday July 8 2013 at 15:47
The fact that he is a soldier may in fact be the REASON he was attacked. You cannot ignore that possibility.

Don't forget drummer Lee Rigby.

Reply Posted by M schoolers on Tuesday July 9 2013 at 11:09
Let lee rigby rest in peace and no he was not attacked by "Asians" it was a few drunk "white" British thugs

Reply Posted by sheila on Monday July 8 2013 at 12:38
Get well soon soldier you do us proud, these people what did this are a waste of space and COWARDS send them to the front line see if they can do a better job i bet they carnt becouse they will have never had a job in there all life.

Reply Posted by marks002 on Monday July 8 2013 at 12:43
maybe this country should start dishing punishment out to those who dont respect are armed forces

Reply Posted by BB on Monday July 8 2013 at 13:14
We all know why the description of the gang wasn't given. Wake up england.

Educate yourself.

Reply Posted by Dave on Monday July 8 2013 at 14:15
Absolute filthy scum whoever did this. It is because of those young men and women that we can sleep safely in our beds at night. I agree, if they are identified they should be sent to the front line in Afghanistan and see how they get on. They would probably crap themselves. As ex services myself I would love 10 minutes with the attackers in a quiet room somewhere, Oh yes!!

Reply Posted by Bren on Monday July 8 2013 at 15:13
i lost a great nephew in last march,s explosions in afghanstan. maybe if the filth that did this had to defend themselves over there they would act differently. or maybe not.

Reply Posted by joanne on Monday July 8 2013 at 15:15
As a army wife i think its really bad, but the media shouldn't hype it up just because hes a soldier when they don't know the reason behind the attack, and wheather it was related to him being a soldier, he might of just been in the wrong place at the wrong time, hope he makes a quick recovery

Reply Posted by mark on Monday July 8 2013 at 17:12
Any attack by a gang on ONE person is cowardly. I've been subjected to gang attacks when I lived in Leeds,Just because I spoke to a girl??? or Looked at them from across the road..These little skip rats think they are hard as rock in a gang but get them by themselves which I did and they will piss their pants and shake in their tatty trainers. One lad that I got back has a funny shaped nose now after I got him back as the police had no proof it was him..I knew it was him as ive seen him before. Get well soon Soldier.

Reply Posted by Jane on Monday July 8 2013 at 19:20
@ BB...it is you who needs to educate yourself! Firstly you need educating on how gullible people (like you) can be when it comes to seeking facts on the www! The web site you gave is total rubbish - created by someone (like you maybe) who is trying to spread their own view on a subject. Anyone with just a small amount of education and common sense can see how ridiculous the site is and that it is designed to spread islamophobia! Everyone knows how much senseless crime there can be in and around Barnsley by lazy scum bags who have nothing else to do and get frustrated cos their benefit money isn't enough to buy the drugs and alcohol they wanted. These scum bags are Barnsley born and bred, don't need to look any further! If they didn't do this crime, they are guilty of many many others, so YOU (BB) are the one who needs to wake up! Very best wishes to the injured man and his family who must be very proud of him.

Reply Posted by Paul Greif, Canada on Monday July 8 2013 at 21:24
Actually, Jane, nearly everything that was posted on at least the first page of MM's site was factually correct (with the exception, perhaps, from my non-Christian perspective, of the post re: Jesus). I fail to see how accurately tallying the atrocities daily being committed across the world by Islamists constitutes "Islamophobia" (whatever that is). It is you, it seems, who lacks common sense.

Reply Posted by Paul Greif, Canada on Monday July 8 2013 at 21:25
Correction: BB's site.

Reply Posted by Jane on Tuesday July 9 2013 at 14:22
I rest my case Paul Greif, Canada! LMAO

Reply Posted by craig on Tuesday July 9 2013 at 19:17
jayne is clearly pro islam, maybe she doesnt know that not all muslims are terrorists but all terrorists seem to be muslims... hmmm jayne doesnt take a rocket scientist to figure out who the wrong ones are.

Reply Posted by Jane on Wednesday July 10 2013 at 00:32
Again , I rest my case! Getting tiresome now.

Reply Posted by craig on Thursday July 11 2013 at 15:50
You're leftism is tiresome jane, wake up and smell the coffee there is no such thing as world peace. the quicker we get rid of doogooders like you the better

Reply Posted by Doh on Saturday July 13 2013 at 12:18
"maybe she doesnt know that not all muslims are terrorists but all terrorists seem to be muslims.."

What about the IRA? They're Catholics. They are terrorists of the most cowardly sort. I lived through two terrible IRA attacks in my home region of the North West - which both affected me personally, and I'm not scared of Catholics or Irish and do not brand all Catholics or Irish with the same brush.

How about you get yourself an education you bigoted fool.

The people who did this attack are white and English and Barnsley born and bred. But oh, no. White English locals are pure.

Reply Posted by Amy on Monday July 8 2013 at 19:27
Well said JANE, Maybe it was BB who attacked this poor man. hope the attacked soldier gets well soon.

Reply Posted by Salamander_Boii on Monday July 8 2013 at 19:28
Yo homies, wot iz this?? @Jane, I totally agree!!! Islam is a religion of peace, yet other exploit it as something false because... well I have no idea? Jealousy? Let's hope someday the world will wake up and realise that you can't just blame a WHOLE group of people for something that has nothing to do with them! Muslims weren't mentioned once in this article, yet they were brought up straight away! Oh well! The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about ;)


Reply Posted by Joystick Junkie on Monday July 8 2013 at 19:30
Poor guy, stop bullying Muslims btw. Grow up.

Reply Posted by Vix on Monday July 8 2013 at 20:41
Get well soon young man x

Reply Posted by Aidan on Monday July 8 2013 at 21:09
**** prison sentences, why not put the guys that did it in a room with the soldier and a few of his squaddies? that IS justice

Reply Posted by me on Tuesday July 9 2013 at 08:38
Thats this country for u my daughter got attack ed she told them who the fore were and still dint do owt but carma will come

Reply Posted by Kevin Brown on Tuesday July 9 2013 at 09:54
The "Religion of Peace" strikes again!

Reply Posted by p on Tuesday July 9 2013 at 10:21
What Europe needs is a war, sort all the problems out. We can then start from the beginning, yes people will die and it will be hard at first but for our future generations they will be proud again of our country. Something needs to change and If it means fighting a war to let my British daughters and son's children grow up to not be attacked from these people then I will gladly be called up. By the way I am a reservist soldier and have served my country as a REME soldier.

Reply Posted by Joanna on Tuesday July 9 2013 at 11:07
Europe needs a war? Sheesh!

I think that really does sum up the idiocy and bigotry of some people.

Reply Posted by John on Tuesday July 9 2013 at 17:26
No mention of the ethnicity of the attackers then?

Reply Posted by paul on Tuesday July 9 2013 at 18:12
if he was attacked by a white thug, everyone knows. it'd be up, there in bold letters... this is deffinetly, another race attack, on our armed forces..

Reply Posted by INT on Wednesday July 10 2013 at 02:49
No, this "deffinetly" wasn't another race attack on our armed force. But don't let facts get in the way of a good rant about anybody that's not white.

Reply Posted by bex on Tuesday July 9 2013 at 18:25
Totally agree with Paul! If they were white im sure we would have heard something about this in the media!!!!

Reply Posted by Jon on Tuesday July 9 2013 at 18:25
So Muslims are peaceful? Yet the Quran does nothing but teach them to hate non-Muslims, fight non-Muslims and drive non-Muslims out of their land? Yeah... Really peaceful.

Reply Posted by Simon Morris on Tuesday July 9 2013 at 18:28
Get well soon friend and brother in arms

Reply Posted by Danny Clayton on Tuesday July 9 2013 at 18:30
I agree with Paul

Reply Posted by budgie on Tuesday July 9 2013 at 23:05
if you voted liblabcon, why be surprised.

Reply Posted by Jojo on Wednesday July 10 2013 at 00:42
Oh dear. HE WAS ATTACKED BY WHITE PEOPLE NOT MUSLIMS!! So much hatred and ignorance on these comments. Absolutely pathetic.

Reply Posted by craig on Thursday July 11 2013 at 15:55
i am a human being with the freedom of speech, if i dont like muslims i will tell the whole world about as i do quite often. im not a racist in the sense i hate all walks of life other than white's i just dont like muslims and the islam faith. its not pathetic its my right to do. so when you see a muslim holding a card saying british soldiers must die what would you do? i know what you would do. you would keep on walking because your nothing more than a keyboard warrior. if i saw that i would take it off him and beat him down with it because i love my country and the ******* truly britsh people.

Reply Posted by paul on Wednesday July 10 2013 at 02:52
only his mother as said, it was whites, maybe because Barnsley is full of Asians, and she doesn't want repercussions. the police haven't.. or the media.. strange.. don't cha think..

Reply Posted by zoe on Wednesday July 10 2013 at 08:11
Disgusting! Hope he's ok

Reply Posted by Clare Taylor on Wednesday July 10 2013 at 08:19
Disgusting.we should be Abel to torture the people that attack our soldiers

Reply Posted by speechless on Wednesday July 10 2013 at 08:20
Read the article again - "He was jumped on from behind at around midnight last Saturday, so has no idea about the identity of the attackers"

But I guess that's a cover up, right? Just reading these comments remind me that Barnsley is stuck in the 50's and that I'm glad to be out. That obviously doesn't include those of you that spoke common sense.

Wishing the victim a speedy recovery.

Reply Posted by Anon on Wednesday July 10 2013 at 08:45
Would just like to remind you that right here in barnsley we have our own share of white oxygen sucking dole walling chavvy scrat bags that do a good job of making this town and country a shit hole without the help of any other ethnic communities! If we rained down on them the same harsh words and suggested actions that come so easily towards other religions maybe Barnsley and this country wouldn't be in the state it's in!

Reply Posted by speechless on Wednesday July 10 2013 at 08:51
Spot on! :)

Reply Posted by paul on Wednesday July 10 2013 at 13:16
those white oxygen sucking scrat bags, were born here, and if it wasn't for all, the foreigners raining down on our country.. mayb, they wouldn't b on the dole..and this country would b in a much better state..

Reply Posted by Skeptic on Wednesday July 10 2013 at 16:34
Paul, you seem convinced that it was muslims or foreigners that attacked the lad even though you have no idea. You even said his Mum said they were white, but that may be her fear of repercussions!? Then if they were white, it's still foreigners faults for having jobs!? You really are a treasure. I hope you've got a job, and I sincerely hope you don't go around beating up anyone, white, black or whatever. You sound very angry and it is all aimed at the wrong people. The governments we vote in legislate who enters the country. They also closed down the mines and sold off manufacturing in this country to lower waged China and India. Is it the poor chinese and indian's fault, or is it our government? Stop being a tool!

Reply Posted by ali on Wednesday July 10 2013 at 20:09
a lot of racist amerikkans and british bigots, spreading false rumours

Reply Posted by craig on Thursday July 11 2013 at 15:59
ali they are not rumours though, if its anything to do with terror, the words taliban Al'qaeda or muslim pops up. as a race, you still live in the dark ages with a hate filled religion. stop being in denial that muslims are peaceful and dont do anything wrong.

Reply Posted by Dave carter on Thursday July 11 2013 at 19:25
Just gos to show how hard some people can be doesnt it ? , beating a soldier up mob handed . If each one of these cowards had took him on in a one on one fight , the soldier would have tore him apart for fun , if i was one of these attackers i would be sleeping with one eye open for a very long time .

Reply Posted by Anon on Friday July 12 2013 at 22:31
Get a grip Paul yes some people have trouble finding a job but let's be fair the majority r lazy twats that don't want a job! I don't know 1 Asian person out of work I can give u a list as long as my arm of lazy benefit scroungers born and bred right HERE!!!

Reply Posted by Strawb on Friday July 12 2013 at 23:21
So no voices? Accents tell a lot and I went to my local park WOW the change of colour on my estate I'm not racist as long as ppl play by British rules same for white scum there's petty crime and serious like this. Coso n Somalians r just as bad thinking there dirty rules apply here

Reply Posted by John on Friday July 12 2013 at 23:22
Lets be honest it's probily polish or some other ethic origin, this is Cameron's Britain!!! Where minority's are equil and able to stamp all over us!!!

Reply Posted by tanya on Saturday July 13 2013 at 21:24
Im so ashamed to say im from Barnsley! Its absolutely disgusting. Clearly dont have a care in the world about what our soldiers do for us! Its probably some lazy ass doler that we all pay for. PATHETIC!! stay strong and hope you feel better soon, us lot are certainly proud of you :-)

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Reply Posted by james on Tuesday December 3 2013 at 09:50
The perpetrators want rounding up and chucking in an incinerator.