A terminally ill man was left battered and bruised with half of his face badly swollen after he was attacked by a gang of youths.
Mark Walker, who has months to live and is so ill he can barely walk, was set upon as he walked to a Chinese takeaway at Norfolk Place in Middlesbrough.
The 48-year-old was attacked by about six teenagers who kicked and punched him – leaving behind a trainer mark on his face as well as the horrific injuries.
A relative of Mark said: ‘Mark can barely walk. He is really poorly. What if anything happens to him this week?
‘Kids are ruling the town. They aren’t even kids they are animals.
‘It’s the same kids doing all these attacks. What’s it going to take, someone to murdered before something is done?’
He was taken to hospital after the brutal attack in an alley by Pallister Park, near his home, but has since been discharged.
Middlesbrough Neighbourhood Policing Team said they are aware of ‘rumours circulating’ about an incident.
In a Facebook post, the team said: ‘We would like to clarify that we are aware of this incident, have made contact with the victim’s family and inquiries are ongoing.’
This latest attack comes despite heightened police patrols following trouble in the estates of Berwick Hills, Pallister Park and Belle Vue.
A total of 14 teenagers, and two 12-year-olds, have been arrested so far for offences including robbery, serious assault, criminal damage and violent disorder since the police crackdown began.
Anyone with information should ring the non-emergency police number 101.