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'Captain America' and 'Spiderman' assaulted by mirror pool
A teenage volunteer dressed as Captain America needed hospital treatment after he was attacked while raising awareness for a charity bike ride in Centenary Square.
Joshua Jeffries, 16, was among a group of young people promoting the event while dressed as superheroes, as part of a scheme run by the volunteering charity CSV Bradford.
He and a friend dressed as Spiderman were assaulted.
Other young volunteers, dressed as Batman, Superman and Iron Man, were nearby, he said.
Joshua Myatt, 16, who was in a Spiderman costume, said he was forced into the water of the Mirror Pool , and when he tried to get back up he was pushed back down.
Joshua Jeffries said his head was then held under water by his Captain America mask before he managed to pull it off. He was taken to hospital after he said he thought an old rugby injury to his leg was aggravated during the assault. He said he hoped he would still be able to take part in the charity bike ride which will go from Bradford to Leeds tomorrow, raising funds for the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund.
He said: “I think this has given me more drive to try to get this out there and do more. It shows that not everybody is going to be on our side but we know there are people that will back us up when we need it.”
Team leader at CSV Bradford Charlotte Smith condemned the attack.
She said: “These young people are trying to do something good for the community and for two people to victimise them for doing so is unjustified.”
Anyone who wants to sponsor the boys for the charity bike ride can visit justgiving.com/joshua-myatt.
* Two men, aged 23 and 19, have been charged with assault in connection with the incident on Wednesday and have been bailed to appear before Bradford and Keighley magistrates.