A GANG of men and women attacked a man and smashed bottles over his head after he confronted them over a stolen bicycle.
The 39-year-old victim was left with cuts to his head following the assault at the junction of Henderson Road and Fort Cumberland Road, Eastney, Portsmouth, at about 1.10am, on Saturday.
PC Dan Neligan, from Portsmouth’s targeted patrol team, said: ‘This matter started out as a theft of pedal cycle belonging to the victim. He went out looking for his bike and discovered a group with his cycle.
‘When the victim asked the group for his bike back he was violently assaulted by the group, and had glass bottles smashed on his head.’
A group of passers-by scared the attackers off and police are keen to speak to them.
PC Neligan added: ‘I would also like to speak to anyone who was in the area of Henderson Road at around the time of the attack as they may have inadvertently seen the offenders immediately before or after the incident.
‘There were many people out on the street after the time of the attack, including numerous taxis driving past.
‘I would like to remind members of the public not to put themselves in a position of danger. The victim in this incident is fortunate he was not more severely hurt.’
Police have released descriptions of the two main suspects. The first is a white man, 6ft 1in tall, stocky build, in his early 20s, with close shaven hair, with tattoos on both upper arms.
The second is a white man, 5ft 9in tall, slim build, in his late teens or early 20s, wearing a dark blue and white, thin horizontal striped T-shirt.
Anyone with information should call Hampshire police on 101.