Police re-appeal for witnesses to River Don assault

Angler Daniel Cook after he was attacked at Sprotbrough Falls. Ross Parry.
Angler Daniel Cook after he was attacked at Sprotbrough Falls. Ross Parry.

Police are have re-issued their appeal for information after a 25-year-old man was assaulted while fishing on the River Don last month.

Daniel Cook said that he was ‘lucky to be alive’ days after the incident, which took place on August 23 at around 11.35pm.

Mr Cook was fishing alone in the River Don near Sprotbrough Falls - a popular location for night fishing - when a hot wire was pulled around his throat.

Two men started to strangle Daniel, then poured a glue-like substance on his hair and face and poured white spirit down his throat.

Mr Cook said he managed to break free and was kicked in to the River Don, where he stayed until they walked away.

Detective Constable Andy Hotchkiss said: “The victim luckily suffered only minor injuries as a result of this unprovoked and terrifying assault.

“Despite an initial appeal for witnesses, we have yet to identify the two men involved.

“I appreciate it was late at night but it is a popular fishing area so I’d reiterate our appeal for anyone with information to come forward and tell us what they know.”

Officers are treating this as an isolated incident and do not believe there is any wider risk to the local community at this time.

If you witnessed the assault or know something that could help with the investigation, please call 101 quoting incident number 1392 of 23 August 2015.