A NIGHT out in Doncaster town centre left a man with a broken nose and cuts to his face after he was punched in an unprovoked attack.
Paul Sharp, 43, was out with a group of friends to celebrate because serving soldier James Hollis, 21, was back on leave from a tour in Afghanistan.
Part of the group were walking along Priory Walk towards the High Street when a man, unknown to the group, misunderstood something one of them had said.
Mr Sharp, of Mutual Street, Hexthorpe, said: “I turned round and said it was just a joke and he kept punching me. He broke my nose and cut my face in four places. He was smartly dressed so I think he’d been to the races.
“I wouldn’t normally go out on a Saturday in town but James is like a son to me and he wanted a night out while he was back.”
Mr Sharp is still suffering headaches.
He says the attack will not stop him going out in town but admits he will avoid the town centre on race days.
The attack happened on March 4 between 12.30am and 1am.
The attacker is described as about 25-years-old and white. He was 5ft 10ins tall, of medium build with short dark hair. He was wearing grey trousers with a white shirt and tie.
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