Normanton bride groom suffers brutal attack

Gareth Askham and Rebecca Culshaw from Normanton. The couple's wedding came very close to being cancelled, due to a vicious, unprevoked daytime attack on Gareth, that has left him with a broken collar bone.'w5848a129
Gareth Askham and Rebecca Culshaw from Normanton. The couple's wedding came very close to being cancelled, due to a vicious, unprevoked daytime attack on Gareth, that has left him with a broken collar bone.'w5848a129
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A GROOM-to-be had his collarbone broken in a brutal attack, just weeks before his wedding.

Gareth Askham, 25, was cycling through a field behind the Bronte public house in Normanton when two men assaulted him.

He was cycling from his home in Henderson Avenue to visit his mum in Pontefract when the yobs – believed to be in their late teens to early 20s – began kicking and punching him.

Mr Askham, who is due to marry long-term partner Rebecca Culshaw, 27, in two weeks’ time, now has his arm in a sling.

He said: “I was riding my bike and had to get off to push it as I struggled through the long grass. Two lads then ran towards me and started punching and kicking me.

“I did not know who they were or why they attacked me. They took my bike, but I managed to get it back.

“We get married on August 6 and I just hope that my collarbone is mended by then. It just came out of the blue and I hope they get the culprits.”

The assault took place at around 5pm on Monday, July 11.

Despite his injuries, he managed to push his bike all the way to Pontefract.

PC Tim Saxon, of Normanton neighbourhood police team, said he was keen to speak to any witnesses.

He said: “This is a brutal assault on a victim who was just cycling through a field and was targeted by two lads who were drinking cider.”

PC Saxon said he believes one of the male attackers had his T-shirt ripped.

Contact PC Saxon on 01924 295453 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.