Police hunt for thugs in traffic warden assault in Braunstone Gate, Leicester
Police hunting a thug who kicked a traffic warden in the head have appealed for help tracing his apparent accomplices.
The warden was knocked unconscious when he was attacked in Braunstone Gate, in Leicester's West End, two months ago.
CCTV of the assault featured in the Leicester Mercury, on BBC 1's Crimewatch and ITV's This Morning.
As a result, police have been passed 16 possible names for the man who carried out the attack. However, officers have now asked Mercury readers to focus on the two other men in the film – particularly the man wearing a cast on his arm.
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Moments before the warden was kicked unconscious, that man appeared to spit in his pocket book. The attack happened at 12.10pm on Saturday, September 1.
Detective Constable Gary Dunnigan, of the police's serious crime team, said: "We have had a good response to previous appeals and we are working through the names which people have passed to us.
"So far, everyone has focused on the man who kicked the traffic warden, not on the two men he was with. We would like people to look at the other two men and really focus on them, particularly the man who had a cast on his arm.
"He appeared to instigate the incident by spitting in the warden's pocket book."
The attack was captured by CCTV cameras outside Bob Young's electrical store.
Mr Young said: "It would be brilliant if the men who did this could be caught. It was a horrible attack and I am sure this man would do the same thing again.''
The men – who are white, believed to be eastern European and in their late 20s or early 30s – walked away towards the nearby Tesco supermarket.
Contact Det Con Dunnigan on 101 or Crimestoppers, which is anonymous, on 0800 555111.