A 21 year old man who is currently a serving member of HM Forces was knocked over in the early hours of New Years Day after reportedly being involved in an altercation with upto 15 Muslim men inside the TBC nightclub in Bately, West Yorkshire.
At 04.41am as New Years Eve revelers were making their way home, a blue Mercedes mounted the pavement and knocked over the young soldier, flipping him up into the air before coming crashing down on the concrete, the young army man has named locally as Joshua Adams-Mitchell who has been left with serious injuries but is said to be stable in hospital. The victim is in a serious but stable and conscious state, talking to family at his bedside and when he is ready the police will be speaking to him. The blue Mercedes fled the scene but was later recovered by police and a 27 year old man from the Dewsbury area has been arrested and taken into custody.
Police inquiries are continuing but Politicalite has been given information relating to the build up of the attack. We understand that a serving soldier with the Yorkshire regiment was out enjoying a night out to celebrate New Years Eve with a friend when he was overheard by a group of upto 15 Muslim men who took exception at hearing details of his last tour of duty. It is alleged that the group of men took offence at the victim being a serving soldier and started harassing him and calling him scum. The young man, who has been left with serious injuries is believed to have tried to defuse the situation by existing the club and crossing the road only for one of the group to get into a car, a blue Mercedes, which mounted the pavement and deliberately drove at the young serving soldier at speeds believed to approaching 50mph.
Members of the public can be seen rushing to the aid of Joshua in a video taken by witness Arfan Asif. He said: “I was at the lights and saw someone in the middle of the road surrounded by security people, no emergency vehicles were there.”
The serviceman was taken to a hospital in Leeds where his condition has been described as serious but stable. It is understood that Mr Adams-Mitchell suffered damage to one lung, facial fractures and possible nerve damage to one leg which has left him unable to walk. Online reports claim witnesses saw a group of around 15 Muslim men set upon Joshua and a friend after hearing them talking about their tours of duty. West Yorkshire Police have yet to establish whether Joshua was targeted deliberately due to him being in the army.
Chief Inspector Ben Ryder, said: “We would like to reassure service personnel that police have no evidence that the victim has been targeted due to his service in the army, or that it is motivated by racism. We remain open-minded and would urge anyone who witnessed the incident or has any further information to come forward to assist with our investigation.”
EDITORS NOTE: There is a GoFundMe page to support Joshua and his family which you can find here.