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Couple beaten in road rage attack

Beryl Bell
Mrs Bell had gone to the aid of her husband when she was beaten

A 65-year-old man was beaten and his elderly wife suffered two black eyes in what police have described as a violent road rage attack in Bradford.

Christopher Bell and his wife Beryl, 66, were beaten by four men after they clipped the wing mirror of a black Audi A3 on Pollard Lane on 9 June.

Mrs Bell was punched in the face after she got out to help her husband.

Speaking about the ordeal, Mr Bell said: "I saw her on the floor and blood was gushing out of a cut on her nose."

Police said the couple had been out shopping when they clipped the Audi's wing mirror.

This is one of those acts that nothing can ever justify what's happened
Det Insp Sean Duggan

Fearing the reaction of the driver and his passengers, they carried on but were followed by the car.

They stopped on Pollard Lane and Mr Bell got out to speak to the driver.

All four men then got out of the car and started hitting Mr Bell before setting on his wife.

Mrs Bell said: "I was scared but I just saw them all hitting him so I got out and tried to stop it but I just got knocked unconscious."

She added: "I think about it, I'm scared in case they look us up, but you've just got to try and get on with things."

Det Insp Sean Duggan appealed for any witnesses to the attack, which happened at about 1510 BST, to come forward.

"This is one of those acts that nothing can ever justify what's happened.

"It was a particularly violent attack on two people going about their daily business not harming anyone and this is the time the public need to pull together as a community to help find those responsible."

All four men are Asian. The driver is described as aged 25, 5ft 8in tall, a stocky build with short, black hair.

The other three men are aged in their 20s, police said.


The couple were set upon by four men

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