A MAN was left with extensive injuries after he was punched and kicked in the head in a brutal daylight attack in Blackpole.
The victim was walking along Astwood Road towards the city centre on Sunday (March 30) about 2.25pm when a red Audi A3 pulled up in front of him.
Two men, one who he knew, then got out and ran towards him before the man he recognised assaulted him, punching him a number of times to the head and face.
He then fell to his knees and was kicked in the head.
The two men drove off in the Audi before the man was taken to hospital where he was treated for extensive cuts and bruises, including stitches for a cut above his eye.
PC Daniel Smart, who is investigating the incident, is now looking for any independent witnesses to the assault.
He is particularly keen to trace a passing female driver who stopped just after the attack and offer the man a lift, which he declined.
“At that time on Sunday afternoon, there were lots of people around on Astwood Road and if anyone witnessed the assault take place, I urge them to come forward,” he said.
“I am particularly keen to speak to the Good Samaritan who stopped to offer the victim her help as she may have seen the assault and the offenders.
“This was a vicious and sustained attack and I need to bring to justice those responsible. However, I would like to reassure the public this was an isolated incident between parties who we believe are known each other.”
PC Smart can be contacted via the non-emergency police number 101 or information can be passed on anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers (0800 555 111 or via their website: www.crimestoppers-uk.org).