Local man, 61, beaten up at Appleby horse fair and taken to hospital

Local man, 61, beaten up at Appleby horse fair and taken to hospital

Local man, 61, is beaten up at Appleby horse fair and taken to hospital as police launch manhunt for two suspects

  • A 61-year-old man was assaulted at the Appleby Horse Fair in Cumbria on Weds. 
  • Police are looking for two men following assault which left the man in hospital
  • The annual fair often brings tensions between the gypsy community and locals 

Police are hunting two men who assaulted a 61-year-old victim at the Appleby Horse Fair in Cumbria.

The market town is thronging with travellers from all over the UK, which each year brings tensions between the gypsy community and local people.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the assault, which happened at 10.20pm on Wednesday night and left the victim, a local man, in hospital.

Police have launched a manhunt for two men after a 61-year-old local was assaulted at the Appleby Horse Fair in Cumbria. Pictured: Horses are washed in the River Eden on the first day of the event on Thursday

A Cumbria Police spokesman said: ‘Police are appealing for information as they investigate an assault which occurred in Appleby last night.

‘The incident took place at around 10.20pm.

‘A man aged 61 and from Appleby was punched a number of times by two men in the Clifford Street area. The men then left the area in the direction of The Midland pub.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the assault, which happened at 10.20pm on Wednesday night and left the victim, a local man, in hospital. Pictured: Horses are washed in the River Eden on the first day of the event on Thursday

‘The victim suffered severe bruising to his face and a cut over his eye. He was taken to hospital as a precaution but has subsequently been discharged.

‘Police are appealing for any witnesses or anyone with information to make contact.’

The number of visitors to this year’s events is expected to be higher than usual because fewer people are holidaying abroad.

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