Woman knocked unconscious and man has jaw broken in street attack

Bootham in York, where the attack happened. Photograph: Jonathan van Kuijk

Two people were taken to hospital after being attacked in broad daylight on a York city centre street.

The incident happened on Thursday afternoon (September 8) on Bootham.

A woman who runs a business on the street asked two men to move away from her premises. They refused and when her partner came out one of the men punched him in the face.

He then punched the woman in the face too. She told the York Press that she lost consciousness for a few seconds after the assault.

Both victims were taken to York Hospital for treatment, where the man was found to have a broken jaw.

‘Dodgy characters’

A spokesman for North Yorkshire police said:

Police were called to a report of an assault in the street on Bootham, at the corner of Gillygate, at about 2.15pm on Thursday.

Two victims, a man and a woman, were punched, and have been taken to York Hospital for treatment.

A 48-year-old man from York was arrested at about 4.45pm on Friday, on suspicion of wounding with intent and actual bodily harm.

He has been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Another Bootham business owner told YorkMix that this was not an isolated incident. She said: “There are some dodgy characters hanging around, but they haven’t done anything to me.”

Seven crimes including shoplifting, and one violent crime, were reported on or near Bootham in June, the latest time police records are available.