A HUDDERSFIELD man is critically ill in a Barcelona hospital after being attacked while on holiday.
Robin Hedderly, a 62-year-old psychologist from Almondbury, suffered bleeding into the brain in the assault.
He spent four days in intensive care and is still in a high-dependency unit in a city hospital.
He was repeatedly kicked in the head by his attacker and suffered a broken nose and cheekbone.
Now his family have called for action from the Spanish authorities to protect tourists in the city.
Mr Hedderly is a junior vice-president of the Huddersfield Pennine Rotary Club, having been a member for several years.
He works as an educational psychologist in local schools.
But there are fears he may not work again.
His family contacted the Examiner because they feel the Spanish authorities are not taking his case seriously.
Mr Hedderly, who is self-employed, had just enjoyed lunch with his wife Moyra, 57, at a restaurant in the port area of the city.
The couple were on an organised cruise of the Mediterranean as part of their Easter holidays.
The incident happened close to 3pm in broad daylight.
Niece Laura Brock, who lives in London, said: "They stopped off in Barcelona for two days. They went for lunch and my uncle got up to pay the bill."
Mrs Hedderly had gone to the bathroom and when she returned she found her battered husband lying on the floor.
"She found him lying on the floor in a pool of blood. He had been savagely beaten by someone who had followed him out of the restaurant.
"We don't know the reason.
"Nothing was taken following the attack.
"He's in a lot of pain and is very weak and can't really remember what happened. The police caught it on CCTV but they're trying not to take any responsibility and trying to not get too involved with it."
She claimed crime was out of control in the Catalonian city.
"We just don't want it to happen to anyone else," she added.
Mr Hedderly's case has now been taken to a higher level.
Yesterday a Spanish judge visited him in the Hospital del Mar.
Laura added: "A judge from the Spanish police has come to assess the seriousness of the crime because the police haven't been very helpful.
"The family pushed for a judge to visit because the police didn't think it was bad enough - even though he was left for dead."
One man has been arrested in connection with the attack. He will stand trial but this could take up to two years.
Mr David Johnson, secretary of Huddersfield Pennine Rotary Club, said: "We were told at our meeting last night that he had been attacked and is in hospital. Everybody wishes him and his family well".