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Terror for kids as ice-cream man is attacked in Huddersfield

Police probe attack outside Birkby school

An ice-cream seller has told of his shock as he was assaulted by a masked man.

Jameel Ulfat was attacked with a baseball bat as children queued outside his van in Huddersfield.

Mr Ulfat, a 38-year-old, married, father-of-four from Batley says he was in his usual spot just yards from St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, George Avenue, Birkby, on Monday afternoon when the man struck.

He said: “I was not serving, I was on the other side of the van getting things out when he hit me with a silver baseball bat on my right finger.

“All he said during the attack was: ‘I got you.’

Ice cream van seller Jameel Ulfat

“I have been at this site for seven to eight years and I have never had any problems before.

“I wasn’t badly hurt at all and all I kept thinking was about the kids.

“You don’t expect someone to do something like that in front of children.”

He described the attacker as black and about 5ft 5ins to 5ft 7ins tall.

A mother-of-three who didn’t want to be named, said: “I witnessed what happened.

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“I was just reading a story and I heard the noise of the ice cream van moving slightly and then I saw this man with a black balaclava and a big silver-coloured baseball bat.

“All the other parents got out of their cars and were looking to see what was happening. I hope they catch him.

“I just thought it was very disrespectful to do that in front of young children.”

A West Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said the victim had suffered minor injuries.

She said: “There will be increased high visibility patrols in the area after school and there will be a presence today.

“Anyone who has any information should contact Huddersfield NPT via 101 949 of 21/3.”

No-one from the school was available for comment.



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