Thursday, 22 July 2010
Vicious attack on charity fundraisers on the canal bank in Stalybridge
Facing a 125-mile charity walk, three fundraisers thought their biggest ordeal would be exhaustion and blisters.
They certainly didn’t consider that their charitable efforts would make them the target of a vicious assault by thugs who accused them of being too ‘worthy’.
Gareth Cottrell, 26, needed ten stitches in his cheek after one of the attackers slashed him across the face with a key.
His brother Fraser, 15, and their friend Josh Fitzpatrick, 21, were left bruised and bloodied after being repeatedly kicked and punched in the face and body.
Last night the friends said they were depressed that trying to do a good deed had apparently led to such a hate-filled attack.
Mr Cottrell, a radio producer, said: ‘I just cannot believe you can be targeted by yobs simply for wanting to help others.
‘You would think people would be happy to see us doing some good, yet all these guys wanted was a fight. It shows what England is like now.’
The attack happened on the banks of a canal in Stalybridge. Full article can be read on the website of The Daily Mail
Sadly this is not the only attack to have taken place on this canal in in the recent past. I did previously report on this cowardly attack and this one as well as this attack which saw a barge being burned out. All these attacks are in fairly close proximity to each other so it is fair to say the feral rats responsible for this latest attack are probably connected to the previous incidents. Tameside Citizen