Huddersfield clergyman, 63, assaulted in road rage incident

The crossing where the road rage incident happened.
The crossing where the road rage incident happened.
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Police in Huddersfield have launched an urgent appeal for information after a local clergyman, 65, was assaulted and injured in a road rage incident in the town.

The victim, a 63-year-old man, was crossing Trinity Street, Huddersfield, on the pedestrian crossing outside the Olde Hatte pub, at about 12.15pm on Thursday (November 23) when the incident happened.

He had been crossing with other pedestrians when a car, which had been stopped at the crossing, set off against the red lights causing the victim to put out his hand for safety and hit the car.

The driver then followed him and got out of his car. He challenged him about touching the vehicle before pushing the victim to the ground. He received bruising to his wrist, hands and leg.

The man got back in his car and drove off.

He was described as white, about 6ft tall, aged in his late forties to early fifties, and well built. He has greying hair and beard and spoke with a local accent.

The car was described as being grey or silver or a similar colour with a square back similar to a Volkswagen of Vauxhall Zafira.

The victim was wearing black trousers and a grey anorak at the time.

Officers are checking CCTV and carrying out other enquiries to trace the suspect and the vehicle but would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident, particularly if they were driving in the area and have any dashcam footage that could assist the investigation.

Members of the public went to the victim’s aid after he was assaulted but the incident wasn’t reported until the next day and officers are keen to speak to any of those people as potential witnesses.

Anyone with information is asked to contact officers via 101 quoting crime number 13170550605 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.