Prominent Peterborough political figure beaten up for no reason while walking to cornershop

Ed Murphy after the attack

Ed Murphy after the attack

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A prominent Peterborough councillor was beaten up for no reason while walking to a cornershop.

Former Labour parliamentary candidate and current city councillor Ed Murphy was by Russell Street in Central Ward around 10pm last night (Sunday, August 2) when two men attacked him, leaving him with a black eye and bruising on his face.

Ed Murphy after the attack

Ed Murphy after the attack

Cllr Murphy said the men laid into him for four minutes before fleeing the scene when people saw what was going on.

An Eastern European woman on her bike is said to have called the police.

Cllr Murphy said it was not the first time he had been assaulted in the area and he is thankful not to have received permanent damage to his eye.

He added: “I was lucky to come out of it with minor injuries as passers-by stopped.

“I’m okay, but it could have been really vicious. I think the police were excellent. They were here in 20 minutes and scoured the area before taking me home.

“I was pleased to see local residents, including the young woman on the bicycle, come to assist me.”

A spokeswoman for Cambridgeshire police said: “We were called at 10.13pm last night (Sunday) with reports of violence in Gladstone Street, Millfield, Peterborough.

“Two men approached the victim, a man in his 50s, and for an unknown reason began to punch him to the head several times.

“They are described as Asian, both with short black hair, between 16 to 20-years-old, wearing dark clothes.

“Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.”