Bedfordshire Police are appealing for witnesses following an assault in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (August 27) which left a 23-year-old victim with a fractured cheek and fractured eye socket.
The incident happened at around 2.45am when the victim and a friend were walking past The Pad nightclub in Lurke Street, Bedford.
The pair were approached by a group of Asian men and one asked for a cigarette, but when the victim said he did not have any the group punched him to the floor and the victim lost consciousness.
It is believed that following the assault the offenders ran towards St Cuthberts Street.
Investigating officer Det Con Richard Adams is keen to speak with anyone, who may have witnessed the assault or seen the four offenders either before or after the incident.
DC Adams said: “This was a vicious attack which could have resulted in a far more serious injury.
“We have already heard from a number of witnesses, but I would urge anyone who may have seen the attack take place to get in touch so that we can stop something like this happening again.
“I’d like to hear from anyone who was in the Lurke Street or High Street area at the time of the assault or anyone else who may have information – however small or insignificant they think it is – that could help us.
“Don’t dismiss your information as unimportant – even tiny details which don’t seem relevant now might become useful later on in the investigation.”
The victim has been able to describe two of his attackers who were both Asian – possibly Pakistani or Bengali.
The first is between 18 and 22 years old, around five ft eight inchs tall, of lean build and had dark hair which was spikey on top but short at the sides.
The second offender was of large build, around the same age, six ft tall, with a similar haircut and ‘designer’ stubble.
If you have information relating to this incident, contact DC Adams, in confidence, on 01234 275215, the non-emergency number 101, or text information to 07786 200011.