A father was hit in the head with hammers in a horrific street attack in Coventry.

A gang of four launched the unprovoked attack on David Beck as he walked back from the shop with a friend in Tile Hill on Sunday (October 11).

The ambush happened as David, a father of two, was in Aldrich Avenue at around 11.30am, with one of those who attacked him also reportedly having a gun.

Passers-by came to David’s aid and help him get to his mother’s house nearby where ambulance crews were called before they took him to hospital.

The 29-year-old suffered a number of injuries to his head and body.

David, who is dad to Olivia, six, and two-year-old Ronnie, told CoventryLive: “I turned around and they were just there. I think there was four of them and three were hitting me with hammers.”

David Beck was hit in the head with hammers in a street attack in Coventry.
Photo showing injury to back of David Beck’s head after he was attack with hammers in a street attack in Coventry.

He added: “I went to the shop in Frisby Road with my friend and as he had his dog we walked the long way back.

“”We went along Roosevelt Drive and then Aldrich Avenue which is where it happened.

“It happened so fast. It was all a mad blur.

“My mum lives in Bushberry Avenue and I found someone to walk there with me in case they (attackers) came back.

“I then saw a bloke in a car in Delius Street who said he would take me in his car, as I thought I could make it, but then I looked up the street and realised how far it was.”

An ambulance was called to the house in Bushberry Avenue and David, who works for Tom White Waste, was then taken to hospital for x-rays and CT scans.

He had suffered a number of injuries, including to his legs and head, which had to be glued back together.

Police officers also arrived at the hospital to speak to David about the attack, before he was discharged.

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His partner, Zoey, said she learned what had happened when she received a phone call from David’s distraught mother.

Zoey, who says she was told the attackers also had a gun, said: “His mum was in hysterics. I could tell something really bad had happened.

“She was saying he had been beaten up with hammers. I couldn’t really believe it.

“I also spoke with David while he was in the ambulance. I knew he was awake at that point, but was thinking what if he doesn’t make it through or loses a lot of blood. It was so surreal.”

West Midlands Police has been contacted for comment.

Ambulance statement

A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “We were called to Bushberry Avenue at 11.30am on Sunday, October 11, to reports of an assault.

“One ambulance attended the scene and on arrival we discovered one patient, a man, who was treated for a potentially serious injury before being taken to hospital for further assessment.”

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