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Saturday, 01 November 2014

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Workington park keeper assaulted

A Workington park keeper was assaulted after confronting a gang of yobs while doing his job.

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WOUNDED: Keith Elliott, Workington’s Vulcan Park keeper, was left needing hospital treatment after he was confronted by a gang of youths and attacked at work

Keith Elliott, 60, was the victim of an unprovoked attack which left him needing hospital treatment.

Mr Elliott had been cutting the grass behind a privet hedge in Vulcan Park when he was struck in the middle of the back with a stone.

He heard sniggering and turned around to see about five or six youths aged about 16 or 17.

He said: “I felt a thud on my back and I turned round. One of them looked at me as if to say ‘Yes, I have done it but what are you going to do?’

“I confronted them and said ‘Have you thrown something at me?’”

Mr Elliott then told them to leave the park or he would call the police.

As he walked away, he was struck on his head, which caused a deep gash on his eyebrow.

The wound needed five stitches and was so deep that nurses and doctors told him his attacker may have had something in his hand.

Mr Elliott, who works for ISS Waterers Landscape, added: “I will have a scar.

“They are just yobs. They are not grown up. If they were they wouldn’t act like that.”

He has worked for the landscape contractor at the park for seven years, making sure it is well-kept.

His attacker has been described as about 5ft 8in, with a slim build and short, dark brown hair. He was wearing a thin blue and white jacket with grey tracksuit bottoms.

The incident was reported at around 3pm on Wednesday, August 28 but police confirmed that no one has been arrested.

ISS Waterers Landscape is employed by Allerdale council to manage parks and open spaces on its behalf.

A spokeswoman for Allerdale council said: “The matter is being dealt with by the police and of course we do hope that they can catch the culprits.

“A letter was sent to Keith from the chief executive Ian Frost, expressing his concerns and the hope for a speedy recovery.

“A get well card was also sent from Charles Holmes, head of community services, and staff.

“This is the first incident of its kind and is an ongoing police investigation.

“Keith is back at work and it is believed that the police have increased patrols in the park.”

Sergeant Alison Robinson, of Allerdale borough neighbourhood policing team, said: “Vulcan Park is just one of the many key areas that we cover in our daily patrol plan.

“Officers patrol through the park on a daily basis providing members of the public with reassurance of a more visible policing role.

“This has been an area of focus for a long time now.”

Anyone with information about the attack is urged to contact police on 101.

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