THE police has confirmed that the man who allegedly attacked a Barnsley soldier is a white male.

They also said the attack is not believed to be racially or religiously motivated, after much speculation.

At 12.05am on June 30, police received reports that a 25-year-old man had been assaulted on Mottram Street in Barnsley.

Officers understand that the 25-year-old is a serving member of the armed forces, however the assault is believed to be unrelated to his occupation.

A local man was arrested on suspicion of assault. He has been released while enquiries continue.