There’s no evidence that this man was attacked because he’s in the armed forces
23rd May 2019
A British soldier was attacked by a Muslim gang that hates the armed forces.
A member of the armed forces was hit by a car outside a nightclub in West Yorkshire, sustaining serious injuries. The police and the judge sentencing his attacker have both said there is no evidence that the attack was politically motivated. The judge said Mr Adams-Mitchell was not the intended victim of the attack.
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A post on Facebook claims that a British soldier was attacked by a “Muslim gang who hates the British armed forces”, and ended up in hospital. It has been shared over 45,000 times.
We’ve seen no evidence that the attack was politically motivated.
It’s correct that the man in question, named Joshua Adams-Mitchell, was a serving member of the British armed forces. It’s also correct that he was “knocked down by a blue Mercedes and seriously injured” outside a nightclub in Batley, West Yorkshire in the early hours of New Year’s Day 2019, according to a police statement.
The police statement also said that the incident followed “an altercation inside the club with a group of males which then proceeded outside the premises”.
However, there is no evidence that Mr Adams-Mitchell was targeted because he was a member of the armed forces. In a West Yorkshire Police statement from January 2019, the Kirklees District Commander, Chief Superintendent Julie Sykes said “this incident is not believed to be racially motivated and there is no evidence to support the victim was targeted due to his service in the army”.
“There’s no evidence of any dispute you had with Mr Adams-Mitchell, in particular I do not find any political motivation, on the evidence, to have struck him with your car… You missed your intended victim and struck the unfortunate Mr Adams-Mitchell instead.”
Rumours that Mr Adams-Mitchell was attacked because he was a member of the armed forces began shortly after the incident, in early January of this year. The British far-right activist Tommy Robinson shared unproven allegations at the time that Mr Adams-Mitchell was “set upon” by 15 Muslim males who called him scum, before one of the fifteen hit Mr Adams-Mitchell with a car.
This article is part of our work fact checking potentially false pictures, videos and stories on Facebook. You can read more about this—and find out how to report Facebook content—here. For the purposes of that scheme, we’ve rated this claim as false because there is no evidence that the attack was politically motivated.