Biker who punched man in face is let off with caution by Leicestershire police
Police have been criticised after a biker who broke a man’s nose was let off with a caution when he apologised.
Victim Ryan Gough said Leicestershire police should have treated the incident as assault after he was punched by a motorcyclist as he sat in his car in a street in Asfordby, near Melton.
The 41-year-old was left battered and bloodied following the attack in Bradgate Lane at about 4.15pm on Saturday, February 16.
A biker knocked on Ryan's car window as he was parking outside his girlfriend’s relative’s house and punched him the face four times for "cutting him up".
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The 40-year-old suspect was later apprehended by police but Ryan was stunned to learn this week that his attacker had been let off with a caution because he had said sorry.
Mr Gough, from Birmingham, has now complained to Leicestershire Police.
He said: “This was an unprovoked attack on another citizen and it should have been treated as an assault.
“This is just living proof that overworked police, with their overflowing in-trays and prisons which are too full, have their hands tied.
“Sending someone to court is so costly that you can walk away scot-free after breaking someone’s nose."
Mr Gough, a bank manager, had been visiting his girlfriend’s family.
The family live at two addresses in the street and Mr Gough had just finished moving his car from one house to the other when he was surprised by the knock on his window.
He said: “I wound the window down and he shouted that I had cut him up.
“I had seen him in my mirror when I was driving, but he was nowhere near me.
“He had his helmet on, and some sort of protective biker gear.
“He then punched me in the face.
“I got out of the car and went to hold him, but I was restrained by people. So I went straight into the house and dialled 999.
“I was totally defenceless because I was sitting in the car, strapped in by my seat belt.
"My girlfriend and her family were extremely traumatised by the incident.
“The paramedics told me I had got a fractured nose. There was blood everywhere.
“I am not looking for any sympathy. But I would like this case to be reviewed based on the behaviour of the assailant. He is clearly a danger to society.”
Mr Gough has suffered daily nose bleeds since the attack and has a scar on his nose.
Leicestershire Police said they were just following national guidelines.
A spokeswoman said: “Police were called to a report of an assault in Bradgate Lane, Asfordby at 4.15pm on Saturday, February 16.
“On interviewing the offender, he fully admitted the offence and was remorseful for his actions.
“Officers have a number of disposals available to them.
“In these circumstances, due to the nature of the offence, in line with national guidelines, a caution was deemed the most appropriate disposal.”