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Taunton race attack good Samaritan assaulted

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Image caption The assault happened in Taunton's Victoria Park at about 17:00 BST on Friday

A man suffered a "violent and disturbing attack" as he defended two women who were being racially abused.

The man, 20, was left with a broken jaw after being "repeatedly punched in the face" by members of a large group of young people in Victoria Park, Taunton.

Police are appealing for any mobile phone footage of the attack, which happened at about 17:00 BST on Friday.

Two boys, 16, were arrested then bailed. Four others were later arrested on suspicion of disorder.

"This was a violent and disturbing attack in which the victim and his friends were threatened and intimidated by a large group of people," a force spokesman said.

"There can never be any excuse for hate crime or violence in any shape or form and this criminality will not be tolerated."

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