Father and son viciously attacked outside Harpenden home

PUBLISHED: 07:06 17 November 2009 | UPDATED: 14:39 06 May 2010

A FATHER and son were viciously attacked outside their home last Saturday night trying to protect their property from three thugs. The incident in Coldharb-our Lane, Harpenden, was witnessed by two former policemen and their wives who were walking home at

A FATHER and son were viciously attacked outside their home last Saturday night trying to protect their property from three thugs.

The incident in Coldharb-our Lane, Harpenden, was witnessed by two former policemen and their wives who were walking home at around 9pm. Ex-policeman Peter Barrett intervened and tried to remonstrate with the men but was knocked to the ground and kicked in the head and shoulders.

He said: "We at first saw the men, who appeared to be drunk, kicking a fence. When a man in his 30s came out to stop them he was hit over the head with a bottle, knocked down and kicked in the head.

His father came out to help him and he was given the same treatment."

The victims were taken to hospital where the father was treated for a broken nose while his son suffered a broken shoulder.

Mr Barrett admitted he was amazed to find that the police called to the scene had come from St Albans which prompted town and district councillor John Chambers to question why there were no police present in Harpenden at 9pm on a Saturday.

But Det Sgt Laura Randall explained that Harpenden neighbourhood officers were patrolling local fireworks displays and other associated activities that night so when the call came through St Albans officers were sent out.

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