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Random street attack leaves couple in hospital

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 26, 2013

Tyrone Kerr

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A HUSBAND and wife were injured – the woman seriously – after both were punched in the face during a random street attack.

The 49-year-old woman suffered what police described as ‘a substantial injury’ during the assault, which happened in Main Street, Stapenhill.

She and her 55-year-old husband, who suffered bruising and a bloody nose, were both taken to Burton’s Queen’s Hospital by ambulance.

Burton police arrested a local man minutes after the incident after receiving a report of a drunk in the street.

They have since questioned him and released him on bail pending further inquiries.

Inspector Tyrone Kerr (pictured), of the East Staffordshire Local Policing Team, said the alleged aggressor approached the couple, who live in the area, at 8.20pm on Saturday.

“He incited an argument and then he punched the female twice, causing a substantial injury,” he said.

“The male of the couple intervened and was punched, sustaining some relatively minor injuries.”

Insp Kerr said that as far as officers could tell, there was no motive for the attack and no relationship between the offender and the victims.

“Quite why it’s come about, I don’t think anybody knows,” he said.

“That’s why it’s concerning for somebody to walk up to two unknown people and have a go like that.

“It’s quite a nasty one and something we need to get to the bottom of.

“One of the reasons we are treating it so seriously is that it’s such an unusual event for a stranger assault to occur in these circumstances.

“Realistically, I don’t think there’s any grave concern for members of the public – they should not consider this to be the norm.”

Insp Kerr appealed for anyone who saw the incident, or who knew the attacker’s identity, to come forward immediately.

He said the investigation was being led by Detective Sergeant Tariq Hussain, of the Burton-based CID.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact him on 101 and quote incident 688 of February 23.

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