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Man bottled in Bideford

Racially aggravated rant too

A Barnstaple man's been arrested  on suspicion of assault grevious bodily harm with intent and racially aggravated public order after an assault on a man with a broken bottle.

The attack took place in Mill Street, Bideford, close to the Co-op store, around 8.45pm on Thursday 9 July. The victim, in his twenties, was struck on the arm with the bottle after an argument with another man. He's been left with a serious cut to his arm. The suspect then allegedly subjected bystanders to racially abusive remarks. A 28-year-old man is on bail until Thursday 6 August.

Police would like to speak with anyone who witnessed the incident in Mill Street or overheard any of the words shouted.

It's the second attack with a bottle in Devon connected to a racist incident in the past month. In June, a 20-year-old Exeter man sustained facial injuries after being assaulted near Exmouth train station. Police are looking for a group of about eight people, including a bald, tattooed man with a beer belly in his thirties who spoke with an Irish accent.

If you have information about the Bideford assault, pllease contact police via 101@dc.police.uk or telephone 101, quoting crime reference CR/055243/20.

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