Leicester traffic warden kicked in head appeals for help to find attacker
A traffic warden who was kicked unconscious by a thug has urged Leicester Mercury readers to lead police to the attacker.
The warden, who has asked not to be named, spoke yesterday after CCTV emerged of the attack in Braunstone Gate, Leicester.
The footage appears to show one of three men spitting at the warden – possibly at his pocket book – as the group passed him.
One of the men then kicked the warden in the head or face, causing him to fall unconscious to the ground.
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The victim, who is recovering at home, said: "I have seen the footage and I was very shocked when I saw what this man did to me.
"I really don't know why someone would do this but I do believe he will face justice one day. It is only a matter of time.
"I don't remember anything about it.
"All I know is that I was walking along Braunstone Gate and the next thing I can remember is waking up in hospital.
"I am recovering and I am fortunate that the injury to my head is not more serious."
The three men – who are white, believed to be eastern European and in their late 20s or early 30s – walked away towards the nearby Tesco supermarket.
Footage of the attack, which happened at 12.10pm on Saturday, September 1, was captured by CCTV cameras outside Bob Young's electrical store, in Braunstone Gate.
Mr Young said: "I heard that someone had been attacked so I reviewed the camera footage. I couldn't believe what I saw so I contacted the police and said 'you need to see this'.
"It looks like an expert kick, as if this man had been trained in martial arts.
"He definitely needs to be caught before he does this to someone else."
The warden is employed by Vinci Park UK, which is contracted by Leicester City Council to enforce parking rules.
Andrew Thomas, the council's head of traffic management, said: "Attacks such as this against staff who are simply carrying out their work are totally unacceptable.
"We will be working with the police to identify the people responsible.
"We would urge anyone with information about this incident to report it to the police."
Pc Leigh Spencer said: "Through CCTV inquiries in the area, we have managed to capture the assault and images of the people responsible. I would urge anyone with information about those men – and the men themselves – to come forward.
"We would also like to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident."
A Vinci Park spokeswoman said: "We are focused on helping the employee with their recovery and we are co-operating with the authorities as they investigate this further."
Contact Pc Spencer on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.