“Wadebridge men attacked by group claiming to be English Defence League
DETECTIVES are hunting a group of men claiming to be members of the far-right English Defence League (EDF) after they beat up three young men in Wadebridge.
The local men were out celebrating a 21st birthday last Wednesday night when they were set upon.
One of those attacked, George Berridge, a recent journalism graduate, believes his career path may have prompted the attack. Mr Berridge was punched several times and his friend had a bottle smashed over his head.
The 21 year-old said the men spoke with London accents and told him they belonged to the EDF.
The attack happened near the Regal cinema on the Platt at about 11.30pm as the friends were walking home.
Mr Berridge said he and his friend were playing pool in a pub when they were approached by the men.
"They were all very drunk and one asked us what we thought of the English Defence League.
"We told them the EDF were idiots and a few other disparaging things, before they told us they belonged to the group, and then a friend mentioned I was a journalist, which they took extreme exception to."
He said as they were walking home, one of the men jumped from a car and attacked him.
"I turned around and got punched twice in the face.
"The man then started punching my friend, and another got out of the car and smashed a bottle over my friend's head.
"Thankfully, it is at this point that another car comes by and the men jump into their car and speed off.
"One yelled from the window: "You've just been ****** by the EDL," said Mr Berridge.
An ambulance arrived to tend the injured young men, along with the police.
Mr Berridge said: "I am very grateful that we're not worse off, thanks to the arrival of some wonderful strangers who called the police and fetched us some water."
Bodmin CID are appealing for information about the attack.”
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