A gang of teenagers beat up a school security guard before jumping on the bonnet of his van, smashing his windows and telling him to “go back to Poland”. The victim, a former police officer from South Africa, needed hospital treatment after suffering a broken shoulder in the racist attack at Bishop Fox’s School in Taunton, Somerset.
The 52-year-old man said a group of four youngsters punched him “repeatedly” and one of them threatened to slit his throat with a knife.
“They obviously didn’t recognise his South African accent and told him to go back to Poland,” said Ron Blake, a colleague of the victim at the security firm that released dashcam footage of the incident.
“They were on the public highway outside the school gates,” added Mr Blake. “They set about the security guard and repeatedly punched him. He broke his shoulder when he fell over on the kerb.
The Walford Security employee was rescued by a colleague who rushed to the scene in another vehicle following the assault at around 9am on 12 April this year.
The guard was treated in hospital before having to take two months off work.
The victim had spotted four young people he suspected of carrying out a burglary at the school library after shelves were tipped over and books left scattered over the floor.
He confronted them as he left, leading to the violent attack. Avon & Somerset Police also released CCTV stills of the suspects as part of an investigation into the “racially aggravated assault” at the school.
A police spokesperson said: “We believe we have now identified both the individuals we were hoping to trace. One teenage boy came forward himself. He has arranged to speak to officers voluntarily.”