Two teenagers have been arrested by police and charged with assault after a hospice volunteer was attacked in the street.
The victim, who does not wish to be named, was viciously attacked by a gang of drunken teenagers, who stamped on him as he lay defenceless on the ground.
He told the Mail how he was repeatedly kicked and punched by the young thugs when he tried to deliver stock to Hartlepool & District Hospice’s shop on Owton Manor Lane.
The sickening attack happened in the middle of the afternoon, but the attackers had already been downing cans of cider, the 34-year-old victim said.
Cleveland Police said they have arrested and charged two youths with assault.
They say a 14-year-old boy and 15-year-old boy will appear before Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court on October 16.
It was at around 3.30pm last Friday when the volunteer was delivering stock in a van by the back alley to the shop on the St Patrick’s shopping parade.
He said around five youths were swinging on the back of the van when he came out and one of their bikes was in the middle of the road.
They became abusive and threw cans of cider at him when he asked them to move it and they refused.
A larger group jumped on him when he tried to move the bike.
The man was left covered in bruises and grazes on his back, knees and elbows.
He believes some of his fingers are also broken from where he was stamped on.
Anyone with information should contact police on the non-emergency number 101.