Police arrest suspect over attack on Polish migrant who was beaten as soon near Victoria station


Detectives arrest suspect over brutal attack on Polish migrant who was beaten to a pulp as soon as he got off coach at London’s Victoria station and asked for directions after man, 33, hands himself in at police station

  • A man was caught on film brutally assaulting Polish-born Kamil Sobala in London
  • Mr Sobala had just got off coach from Bath and had asked two men for directions
  • Detectives launched investigation but are not treating incident as a hate crime
  • A suspect handed himself in to the police and has been released on investigation

Pictured: Kabil Sobala says he was knocked unconscious after an attack near Victoria coach station in London earlier this month

Pictured: Kabil Sobala says he was knocked unconscious after an attack near Victoria coach station in London earlier this month

Detectives investigating the assault of a Polish migrant who was beaten to a pulp when he asked for directions have arrested a suspect.

Kabil Sobala had just got off a coach that had arrived at London Victoria station when he decided to ask two men for directions.

A 33-year-old man was arrested by the Metropolitan Police who are now investigating the incident. 

The 31-year-old said he was then viciously beaten by the men in an attack which left him with blood streaming down his face and in need of medical treatment.

Kamil said he was knocked unconscious before being taken to hospital as a result of the attack, part of which was filmed by shocked onlookers from inside a restaurant.

A man has since handed himself into police for questioning and has subsequently been released under investigation as the force continues its inquiries. 

The force said that although the victim is Polish, the incident is not being treated as a hate crime.

A spokesman for the Met said in a statement: ‘On the evening of Wednesday, June 29, a 33-year-old man voluntarily attended a west London police station.

‘He was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and was subsequently released under investigation.

‘The arrest follows an assault on a man, aged in his 30s, at around 7.50pm on Saturday, June 18, on Elizabeth Street, SW1.

‘The man was taken to hospital for treatment to injuries before being discharged.

‘Enquires are ongoing to establish the circumstances. The injured man is Polish, but the incident is not currently being treated as a hate crime.’

Kamil Sobala, who used to live in the UK in 2013, detailed how the men had asked him where he was from before the beating.

Mr Sobala had been travelling to the capital from Bath after flying in from his native country on his return to live in the UK.

He was knocked to the ground and repeatedly punched in the face in the attack in Elizabeth Street that was captured on a mobile phone from inside an adjacent pub.

Following the assault, Mr Sobala has said he is ‘shaken by the experience’ and is so scared that he now fears even walking to the shops and ‘can’t even sleep’.

He went on to reveal how he woke up in hospital at about 7.50pm on Saturday, 18 June.

A video taken on a phone in a nearby pub shows the attack. The video shows two men in suits peering down, with one of the attackers holding his arm back and putting his hand into a fist

A video taken on a phone in a nearby pub shows the attack. The video shows two men in suits peering down, with one of the attackers holding his arm back and putting his hand into a fist

He said: ‘I was going to meet some friends and went past the pub to ask directions because my phone was dead.

‘I wanted to know where to go to charge my phone and where the underground station was. These guys, I asked them for some help to find the station.

‘Instead of them just saying “sorry I can’t help you”, they swore at me. Then they asked me where I was from and I said Poland.’

He continued: ‘My back is painful and so is my eye, cheek and face. It was racist. They didn’t start attacking me, only when I said I was from Poland; they punched me until I can’t remember anything.’

Anyone with any information as to the identities of the two men is asked to call 101 or to tweet @MetCC, with the reference 7204/18JUN.

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