Doncaster man left for dead after attack in front of three terrified children
A Doncaster man was left for dead after he was attacked with scaffolding poles and had bricks hurled through his windows in front of his three terrified children.
Christopher Williams, aged 26, was withÂ his partner and theirÂ three children in theirÂ home in Wheatley Hall Road, Wheatley, when bricks were hurled at their windowsÂ by a gang of men.
CRIME: Unsolved murder of Sheffield prostitute '˜under continuous review,' say police MrÂ WilliamsÂ was sat with his one-year-old daughter in his armsÂ and hisÂ two sons nestled next to him on their sofa when theirÂ lounge window was smashed by bricks which landed in theÂ room, narrowly missing the children.
The dad of-three said he screamed '˜the kids are here, what are you doing?' but the gang went on to smash a number of other windows in the house, leaving his children terrified.
They also used scaffolding poles to smash the windows.
When he went outside to confront the gang he was attacked with the scaffolding poles and left for dead in a pool of blood.
He underwent emergency brain surgery and suffered multiple fractures in the attack on Boxing Day 2017, butÂ claims that to dateÂ nobody has yet been charged.
It is understood that two men have been questioned but released under investigation.
Mr Williams has lodged a complaint with the Independent Office for Police Conduct at theÂ amount of time the police probeÂ has taken and the initial police response to the incident.
HeÂ claims just two police officers were deployed to the scene on the night of the attack, which he claims he was '˜lucky to survive'.
'I was screaming that my children were there but they didn't care. They could have been killed.Â One brick even landed in my baby daughter's chair,"Â he said.
'When I went outside to find out what was happening they ran at me with scaffolding polesÂ and struck me over my head. I was bleeding everywhere.
'My kids saw all this happening andÂ were screaming at them to stop but they didn't.'
He said he believes the attack was a case of mistaken identity.
'I was told that those who did it thought I had put paint on one of their cars,Â which I hadn't,' he said.
'I just want the police toÂ take this seriously. I was lucky to survive.'Â
Mr Williams claims that since the attack he was deliberately run over by a car which mounted a pavement as he was walkingÂ along Beckett Road, Wheatley, which he suspects is connected.
South Yorkshire Police has not yet commented.
Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.