A 30-year-old man was attacked and injured after walking his girlfriend home at the weekend.
Detectives are looking for information on the incident which happened in the early hours of Sunday morning, February 2.
The man had walked his girlfriend home at about 5.30am and was heading along Bamford Road, near to the junction with Leith Road, near Eastcotts Road, Bedford, when he heard someone shouting at him.
He turned round, was immediately hit in the face, and although he managed to hit one of the group of offenders back, was overpowered by further blows and then kicked when on the ground.
One of the men then went through his pockets, although nothing was stolen, before making off on foot.
The victim needed treatment to numerous cuts and bruises, eye socket and wrist injuries.
The victim believes there were three attackers but can describe only two:
1) White male aged 23-24 years old with short French-cropped hair, muscular/stocky build about 6ft 2ins tall
2) Mixed race male about 21-22 years old, slim build, shoulder length black hair with a parting in the middle.
Just before the assault, the man noticed a taxi dropping people off in Bamford Road, so the driver and passengers may have actually have seen some of what happened.
Det Con Surinder Ram of Bedford CID said: “I’d really like to find the taxi and its occupants – they may have seen the offenders just before the offence or have some other information that could help us.”
Det Con Ram can be contacted directly on 01234 275346, or via the 24 hour non-emergency police number 101, or text the force control room on 07786 200011.