A man in a wheelchair and his friend who were assaulted in a late night brawl in Newbury town centre have been left “scared and wary” of going out in the town again.
Matthew Greenwood, 21, and his 24-year-old friend Scott Taylor were assaulted by an unknown man following a night out in Newbury towards the end of last month.
Scott had to be taken to hospital after being knocked out by the offender when he rushed to the aid of Matthew, who has cerebral palsy and has to use a wheelchair.
It happened in The Wharf at around 3am on July 30 after they had first encountered the man in the Document House bar in Wharf Street.
Scott is now on the mend, and has spoken about what happened that night.
He said: “The offender was taking the mick out of Matt, who’s in a wheelchair, and he was doing that throughout the night.
“My other friend who was with us went up to him and the man said something about benefit fraud, so she said ‘you’re not worth my time, let’s just go’.
“And as we were at the kebab van eating our food he started shouting at us, so Matt started shouting back – he’d just had enough by then.”
Scott recalled how the man and Matt got into a fight, with Matt falling out of his wheelchair and both of them ended up rolling around on the floor.
He said he then rushed over to try and break them up, but the man got up and punched and then kicked him in the head, causing Scott to lose consciousness.
Scott continued: “Apparently I was unconscious for about four minutes and then I got rushed off to hospital.
“I’ve been out in Newbury for God knows how many weekends since I was 18, and I’ve never once got involved in anything like this, so I was very shocked.
“Matt’s very scared to even go down the shop at the moment. I’m still very wary now, it’s still a very ‘this can happen again’ sort of thing so I’m a bit worried.
“Funnily enough the worst thing he feels is terrible that I’m the one that got knocked out and not him, but like I said to him I’d have helped anybody, whether it was my friend or not.”
Police are still appealing for information about what happened that night, and have released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to in connection with the assault.
Investigating officer PC Russell Prentice, based at Newbury police station, said: “I would like to speak to the man in these images as I believe that he could have information vital to our investigation.
“If anyone knows this man, or has any information as to his whereabouts, I would ask them to contact us.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact 101.