A BRADFORD man has been forced to leave the county after being the victim of an “unprovoked” attack by a gang with a hammer and knuckledusters.

Peter Kane, 45, is born and bred in Bradford and had lived in the Canterbury area all his life until he felt forced to move after a vicious attack on Monday.

The 45-year-old said he was on a walk with his fiancé through Horton Park between 4pm and 6pm at the start of this week – something he did regularly – when the nightmare situation unfolded.

He said he was walking over the bridge in Horton Park when he saw 15 to 20 youths.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The bridge in the centre of Horton ParkThe bridge in the centre of Horton Park

Mr Kane said he and his fiancé went past the group when suddenly the young males attacked him.

They were masked and one had a hammer, according to Mr Kane.

Mr Kane said: “It was just completely unprovoked.”

The 45-year-old also said as blows rained upon him for around four minutes, he saw knuckledusters and some were wearing sovereign rings, claiming the gang “booted me in the chest".

He added: “They were hitting me with all sorts.”

He claimed the youths tried to drag him along the tarmac into a bush to “do me in”, all while his fiancé watched on helplessly.

Mr Kane said: “'I’m going to die, I’m doing to die', was running through my head.”

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: An injury on Peter Kane's arm and graze on his thighAn injury on Peter Kane's arm and graze on his thigh

He suffered multiple injuries, including a scrape down one side of his thigh from being dragged on the floor.

He also has a big dint in his shoulder where he said they hit him with the hammer, bumps and bruises on his head, a cut to the side of his head, cuts and bruises on his back, a bruise on his chin and a gash to his right arm.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: A bruise on Peter Kane's chin and one on his backA bruise on Peter Kane's chin and one on his back

Mr Kane has been left feeling scared following the assault and woke up sweating on Tuesday evening after a nightmare.

Mr Kane said: “I’ve even vacated the city because of it.”

He added: “I’ll never step foot in Bradford again.”

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Blood and mud on Peter Kane's clothesBlood and mud on Peter Kane's clothes

A spokesperson for West Yorkshire Police said: “At 6.30pm on Monday, August 1, police received a report of an assault in Horton Park, Bradford.

“It was reported that a group of juvenile males approached a man and subjected him to an unprovoked assault.

“Officers attended and found the male, who suffered injuries but did not require immediate hospital treatment.

“Enquiries are ongoing into the circumstances.”