A PARISH councillor who went to the aid of a pregnant woman is recovering in hospital from two broken ribs and a damaged spleen after being attacked outside a Chester pub.
Garry Deane, a member of Huntington Parish Council, and his brother Andrew were attacked by a group of men after leaving the Rake & Pikel pub in Chester Road, Huntington, after closing time on Saturday night.
As they made their way home, the pair spotted a domestic row between a man and a pregnant woman and leapt to her defence.
But, on going to her aid, the pair were subjected to a horrifying attack by a group of men who kicked and punched the pair before running away from the scene.
Garry Deane, of Blackthorn Close, Huntington, suffered two broken ribs as a result of the attack, as well as a damaged spleen.
He was rushed to the Countess of Chester Hospital following the incident, where he later received six stitches to his injured mouth after suffering cuts and bruising.
Mr Deane was due to be released a couple of days ago, but doctors advised him to remain at the hospital after suffering complications which brought about breathing difficulties.
His brother Andrew suffered two black eyes as a result of the attack, as well as severe facial cuts and bruises, and bruising to his chest.
This week both men declined to speak about the incident, though pictures of the injuries suffered by Andrew Deane were released to the Press.
Mark Williams, chairman of Huntington Parish Council, released a statement in response to the attacks to make people aware of spiralling violent crime in Huntington.
In a letter to Peter Fahy, the chief constable of the Cheshire Constabulary, Mr Williams said: 'I have taken this unconventional approach in contacting you directly in the hope that the Cheshire Constabulary will respond quickly and with vigour to what appears to be an emerging youth-gang culture in Huntington.
'An example of this happened on Saturday. This incident cannot only be described as disgusting but abhorrent. Garry Deane and his brother were set upon by a large gang of youths which appeared to be fuelled by drugs and alcohol.
'The resulting consequences were hospitalisation for the two upstanding citizens after being subjected to this unprovoked mobcrazed attack. I dread to think what would have happened if these were elderly residents.
'I am sure your records will show a disturbing trend in youth-related crime and harassment in the local area.'
He added: 'The police response to this incident was quick and as, one would expect, professional but this incident is now perceived locally as a logical consequence of the police force's inability or unwillingness to deal with the underlying issue of local and tourist youths dealing in alcohol and drugs.
'With an emerging youth-gang culture in Huntington and with the underlying root-cause not being addressed with vigour, the obvious consequences are repeat occurrences and escalation of incidents of this type.'
Mr Williams said: 'With the perceived poor police perception in dealing directly with the underlying issues, my fear is the potential fuel has now been laid down for the emergence of vigilante groups to deal directly with this unacceptable local situation - with the obvious illegal consequences such groups will have.
'As a person believing in the rule of law, we need a rapid police response to drive out and control this situation.'
Detective Constable Andy Marshall was this week leading the hunt for the gang members who attacked Garry and Andrew Deane.
He says the response from the public has so far been encouraging, but needs more witnesses to come forward.
'This was a nasty incident which seems totally unprovoked,' he said.
'We are doing our best to identify who the culprits are. They are believed to be a group of outsiders, who are not local to Huntington, but were at a birthday party at the Rake & Pikel before the attack.
'We believe they attended the party without invitation and later became involved in what was a nasty assault. Andrew and Garry Deane did not deserve what happened to them.'
The brothers' clothing is being subject to a DNA test in a bid to find the gang members.
Do you know who attacked Garry Deane and his brother Andrew? Call Chester police station on 01244 350222 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.