Cambridgeshire delivery driver needed surgery after racist attack - his attacker jailed and ordered to pay compensation

PUBLISHED: 10:36 20 August 2018 | UPDATED: 10:36 20 August 2018

Phone picture by viictim David Haddow, 39,after a bucket of water was thrown at him on 20 October while the man was making a delivery in White Hart Court, St Ives. Police labelled it a racist attack.

Phone picture by viictim David Haddow, 39,after a bucket of water was thrown at him on 20 October while the man was making a delivery in White Hart Court, St Ives. Police labelled it a racist attack.

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A racist attack on a Cambridgeshire delivery driver resulted in the victim needing surgery to his cheekbones.

The story unfolded at Peterborough Crown Court when the attacker was jailed for a year and ordered to pay his victim £1,000 in compensation.

David Haddow, 39, threw a bucket of water towards the victim’s feet at about 1pm on October 20 while the man was making a delivery in White Hart Court, St Ives.

When the victim, who is in his 40s, challenged him, Haddow became aggressive and made racist remarks. The victim tried to end the conversation and walk away, but Haddow followed and assaulted him.

The victim fell to the floor and was briefly unconscious before making it to his feet and taking a photo of Haddow on a mobile phone. He was then able to seek help from a nearby property and the police were called.

The photo taken by the victim also included Haddow’s vehicle, leading to him being identified.

Haddow, of Thames Road in Huntingdon, admitted racially aggravated grievous bodily harm.

At Peterborough Crown Court he was sentenced to a year prison and ordered to pay £1,000 compensation to the victim.

Detective Constable Susan Burberry said: “As a result of this assault the victim needed surgery where plates were fitted to his cheekbone. He continues to suffer from numbness to his face, from which he may never recover.

“We are proud to serve a diverse community in Cambridgeshire. Racially aggravated attacks are not common, but when they do occur we will do everything in our power to bring the perpetrators before the courts.”

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