A teenager has suffered life-changing injuries after he was run over and beaten to the head with a crowbar and golf club in a “horrendous” attack that police are investigating as a racially-motivated hate crime.
Having suffered a fractured skull and needing surgery for a bleed on the brain following the “unprovoked” attack at the hands of South Asian males who were heard shouting racial abuse, 17-year-old Matthew Hayden was reportedly “devastated” he will no longer be able to take up the U.S. sports scholarship he was offered.
Littleborough Rugby Union Football Club (RUFC) said that a black Nissan Micra driver rammed into the car of 18-year-old Colts junior team captain Josh Jones, who was with teammates Hayden and Zac Madden, at 2am on Saturday near Rochdale.
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In the Micra, Asian men described as between the ages of 17 to 21 had closely followed the rugby players from a BP garage, attempting to run them off the road, when the attackers rammed into the back of the boys’ Vauxhall Corsa, according to local media.
When Hayden got out of the car, the Micra driver proceeded to run him over before the group attacked him with weapons including a golf club.
Speaking from his bed at Salford Royal Hospital, the teenager said: “I got out of the car and they ran me over, but I managed to jump up onto the bonnet and got thrown off. As I was still on the floor they all got out and they were shouting ‘get the machete’ and I got scared.
“I was pleading with him not to do it and said I didn’t understand why they were doing this, but he still smashed the club down onto my head and it snapped in two. Luckily, I didn’t black out, but I fell to the ground.
“I could hear Zac shouting me to get up and saying they were going to run over me again, and I managed to get out of the road. I could feel the blood running down my face and front and knew it was serious: I could feel parts of the inside my head. I pointed right at him and said, ‘you’ve literally just killed me’,” he told Rochdale Online.
Jones, who was in the driver’s seat of the Corsa, reportedly suffered significant injuries to his hands and face from being beaten through the car window, which was smashed through with a crowbar by one of the men.
Throughout the ordeal, the attackers shouted anti-white racial abuse at the rugby players, according to police, until the group was scared off by nurses from a nearby residential care home, who had come to the teenagers’ aid.
Stating that Hayden was left with “life-changing injuries” from the attack, which he described as “brutal” and “unprovoked”, Detective Inspector Mark McDowell from Greater Manchester Police (GMP) urged anyone with any information on the suspects to get in touch.
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According to police, there were reports that an Asian quartet in a 2005 registered Nissan Micra was seen in Wardle on Friday afternoon. Believed to be the same group who carried out the attack on Saturday morning, the four men were reportedly witnessed shouting racial slurs and abuse towards boys from the high school in the small village, which has a population of just 7,000 people.
Describing the teenager as “loyal and caring with a gentle nature”, and noting he “was one of the first people onto the M62 to help the stranded people during the ‘Beast from the East’” snow storm, Hayden’s family said he is “always the first to help anybody in need”.
“He had just been offered a rugby scholarship in America and was so excited. He is devastated that this has been taken away from him,” they said in a statement appealing for witnesses to come forward.
Littleborough RUFC said it was “saddened and offering support to the pair of promising stars”. According to Rochdale Online, Hayden could face lifelong health issues as a result of injuries he sustained in the attack.
Earlier this year Breitbart London reported on official new “equality” guidance which instructs judges to favour non-white defendants in order to “redress inequality” supposedly caused by living in a “racist society”, despite research revealing young white men to be Britain’s most disdained demographic.