Red Pig Hammer Attack Victim Feared He Would Be Knifed
Hammer wielding thugs who tried to attack a drinker in the Red Pig may have been carrying knives.
One of the balaclava clad gang - dressed all in black - shouted ‘Just stab him’ as his mate grappled with a have-a-go-hero.
Police are hunting the four-strong gang, who fled after their ‘feud' beating was thwarted by regulars.
And one of the hapless hammer gang dropped his wallet, including his bank card and ID, as he was wrestled outside the pub - police have his details.
An eye witness and victim told Keighley Online that a small group of rugby league fans had been watching the World Cup clash between Australia and England on Friday, and had moved on to the Red Pig.
Once inside, the hammer-wielding gang decided to strike, targeting one of the group, with two attempting to barge their way through the front door.
But a burly boozer blocked the duo’s way and forced them outside, as they rained blows on his arms.
The injured have-a-go hero said:”I was just sat down having a pint and suddenly the door slammed back and I turned round to see two guys dressed all in black with hoodies and a masked face carrying hammers.
“I stood up in the doorway to block them and wrestled one of them outside, I was being hit on the arm and shoulder with a hammer and have suffered bruising.
“I grabbed the hammer shaft and then his mate shouted ‘just stab him’.”
The other two masked attackers were hitting a 51-year-old man and a 19-year-old, leaving them injured, before the gang fled.
“One of the gang had his mask ripped off, so we know what he looks like, and another dropped his wallet, so we know who he is,” said the victim.
He added:"The Red Pig is a really nice pub and it is only because the target of the gang had gone in there that it became involved."
An ambulance arrived to take two of the injured victims to Airedale and police arrived about 15 minutes after the attack was reported.
West Yorkshire Police have said:”Police are investigating an assault involving weapons which occurred in a public house in Church Street, Keighley at around 7pm on Friday.
“Two males, aged 51 and 19, were taken to hospital for treatment to injuries which were not believed to be life threatening.
“Enquiries are continuing to establish if this is linked to a local feud between two groups of males.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting crime reference 13170500552.
Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
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