A BRIDLINGTON man has spoken of the “vicious and nasty” attack in broad daylight which left him in hospital with a punctured lung.
Ben Lumby, 22, was beaten and stabbed by three unknown attackers outside his home on Hastings Walk.
“I thought I was going to die. They told me at the hospital that I could have,” said Ben, who lives with his mum Lesley and his 16-year-old brother, Josh.
He is speaking about his ordeal a week after police released e-fit pictures of the three suspects in the hope someone may recognise them and help to bring them to justice.
It happened at around 2.25pm on Monday, August 29 this year.
Ben said: “I had just come back from the shop and as I was getting out of my car I noticed three lads near the alleyway at the back of the house.
“As I walked towards the house I passed them and they jumped on me and attacked me.
“They were punching and kicking me,
and it was only when I got back in the house my mum told me I’d been stabbed.”
Ben spent five days in hospital, suffering from a punctured lung and other injuries, but has said he now wants to get his life back to normal.
“I am feeling a bit better now in terms of pain, but I have been nervous since it happened.
“Everytime I go out in the car I make sure the door is locked.” he said.
“I was on a lot of morphine in hospital, and after it wore off I realised I might have broken my cheekbone as there is a dent in it now.
“I don’t know who any of them are, but they must have been waiting for me there when I got out of my car. It was completely unprovoked.
“It’s just been a waiting game for me to see them caught. I obviously want to see them prosecuted.”
Ben’s mum Lesley Noble said that their home on Hastings Walk, which they moved into to look after Lesley’s mum while she battled cancer, is now up for sale.
“We are all nervous. I said when we moved here, and after my mum died, that we would never leave this house, but now we’ve got it up for sale.
“He hasn’t been sleeping properly since it happened and we all just want to see these lads found and dealt with.
“The police told us it could be classed as attempted murder because they just left him.”
Last week, police detectives released three e-fit images of the attackers and are appealing for public help in identifying them.
Describing his attackers, Ben said: “One of them was black, about 18 or 19, and he was around 5ft 10in and had a dark hooded top on.
“The other two were white and about 17-18. One of them was slim, and around 5ft 6in, and the other was a bit broader and was about 5ft 7in and they were both wearing grey hoodies.”
Ben said that he believes the three attackers ran away from the scene down Carnaby Avenue, turning left and escaping down a cut-through between Hastings Walk and Stamford Walk, running through a wooded area and out on to Bessingby Road to emerge near Bridlington Fire Station.
“We’ve been told by other people that there was a silver/blue car parked nearby, and the black lad may have stopped and talked to someone in it, but they were definitely not driven away and they didn’t go down Thornton Road.
“I think that the car they were seen near, might possibly have driven round to Bessingby Road and picked them up after they had ran through the woods, so someone might have seen them there.”
Anybody who may recognise the men in the e-fit photographs should contact police on 0845 60 60 222 quoting reference 1858941 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.