A landlord was left shaken after he was violently attacked by a gang of teenagers who were drinking outside his pub.
Mick Dennison, licensee of the York Hotel, confronted a group of youths after he saw them drinking cans of lager on the doorstep of the pub on York Bridge.
The yobs gave him a volley of verbal abuse and when Mr Dennison, 56, tried to move them on he slipped and was punched in the head while he was on the floor.
Mr Dennison, a weekly columnist for The Visitor, had only recently been discharged from hospital after being diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat.
He was left with a sore head from the attack on Saturday night at around 8.15pm, but was otherwise unhurt.
“I noticed them in my doorway as customers were arriving for the World Cup games,” he said.
“I recognised them as local troublemakers, aged about 16 or 17, and asked them to leave. Apparently they’d been fighting on the cycle track earlier in the day.
“I tried to physically move them on and was set upon by three or four of them.
“It was a shock to me. I shouldn’t have gone out there really because I’m not in the best of health, and I’m on tablets and beta blockers, probably because of the stress of this place!
“I was told off by my staff and regulars because I’m supposed to be taking it easy.”
A police spokesman said anyone who has any information about the assault can contact police on 101 or call the freephone Crimestoppers line on 0800 555111 quoting reference 1482.