Paralympic star cruelly attacked near his home

Adrian Howes with John Regis
Adrian Howes with John Regis

A FORMER Paralympic medallist with learning disabilities has been brutally assaulted near his home.

Adrian Howes, 46, was attacked by a man and a woman who were pushing a baby in a pram in an alleyway as he returned home from his mother’s house.

Former paralyic medalist Adrian Howes, 46, of Lincoln Street, Rossington, was beaten by a young couple as he walked through an alleyway in the village. He is pictured with sister-in-law Lorraine, and brother Gary. Picture: Liz Mockler D8133LM

Former paralyic medalist Adrian Howes, 46, of Lincoln Street, Rossington, was beaten by a young couple as he walked through an alleyway in the village. He is pictured with sister-in-law Lorraine, and brother Gary. Picture: Liz Mockler D8133LM

Police are hunting the pair who shoved him to the ground and kicked and punched him in a seemingly unprovoked attack near King George Road in Rossington.

The couple had been arguing before they attacked him, Adrian said.

Adrian, who has represented England in the Paralympic games and Special Olympics, suffered bruising to his face and leg and is now too frightened to leave the house alone.

He said: “They tipped me to the ground and they hit me and kicked me.

“I couldn’t get back up. They walked off. It was horrible and I was frightened. I am very hurt and I have got a black eye. I am upset and shocked about what has happened to me.”

An all-round athlete, Adrian, of Lincoln Street, is a well-known sportsman who has won gold medals while representing England in the 200 and 400 metres as well as medals for cycling and the long-jump.

Lorraine Howes, 53, Adrian’s sister-in-law, said: “I was disgusted, the whole village is in uproar. We think they may have been drunk or on drugs.”

Adrian said the couple were in their late teens or early 20s. He said the girl was small with brown hair.

David Congdon, Mencap’s head of campaigns and policy, said: “We were appalled to hear about this incident.

“Mencap hears about far too many cases of people with a disability being victimised, physically assaulted or abused.

“We estimate almost 9 out of 10 people with a learning disability experience harassment and abuse.

“Crime where the victim is targeted because of their disability leaves victims afraid to engage in everyday activity.

“It is hate crime and deserves to be taken as seriously as racial, religious and homophobic crime.”

A police spokesman said: “Police were notified of an assault on Saturday, January, 8, around 6pm. A man was walking down an alleyway off King George Road at Rossington, when he was attacked by a man and woman who punched him knocking him to the floor. The man was taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary with minor injuries and was released the same night.

“Nobody has been arrested at this time and police continue to investigate. This appears to be an unprovoked attack and police are urging anybody with information to contact them.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 0114 220 2020 quoting incident number 852 of January 8, 2011.