Man assaulted after being asked for a light

Scarborough Police are hunting the attacker following the assault
Scarborough Police are hunting the attacker following the assault

A man has been assaulted in a late-night town centre attack, after being asked by a stranger for a light.

Police are appealing for witnesses after a the man was elbowed in the face as he stood in the doorway of Digby’s clothes shop in St Thomas Street on Saturday night.

The attack took place at around 1am on Sunday 13 October, when another man approached him to see if he could borrow a lighter.

The man then suddenly struck the victim with his elbow, causing minor swelling to the victims face.

Officers are appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident or can help to identify the offender to get in touch.

The offender is described as white, aged in his mid-30s, around 6ft tall, with a pale, clean-shaven complexion.

He was wearing a dark blue t-shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone who can help the investigation is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 – select option 2 – and ask for PC Holly Hornsby or Scarborough police.

Alternatively, information can be emailed to

If you prefer not to give your name, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Please quote reference number 12130177888 when passing information about this incident.