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20 January 2014, 14:19
Police have released shocking CCTV of the moment a man was knocked unconcious and repeatedly kicked by thieves in Birmingham.
The 51 year old victim suffered permanant scarring after the attack, which happened on Bordesley Green Road back on the 15th of December, when he was walking back from a night out.
The two men took his cash and watch and police want to hear from anyone who can help them identify the pair.
More than a dozen other witnesses can be seen driving along as the attack was happening and the victim today encouraged them to speak to detectives.
Chief Inspector Dawn Miskella, from Birmingham CID, said: "The footage speaks for itself; it was an absolutely horrendous, unprovoked attack on an innocent man who was making his way home from a night out, leaving him with long-lasting injuries.
"He suffered extensive cuts to his face and head which required stitches and will leave permanent scarring, along with other cuts and bruises to his body. There's also the psychological impact of the assault and, of course, the loss of his watch and phone.
"I would appeal directly to those people who drove past the scene as the robbery was taking place to please come forward and speak to us. You may not have realised what was going on at the time, but your information could be vital in helping us find the people responsible."
The attack happened outside the Bordesley Green surgery on Bordesley Green Road, at the junctions with Pikewater Road and Whitehall Road, at around 1:10am on Sunday 15 December.
CI Miskella added: "Crimes like this are thankfully rare and robberies in Birmingham are continuing to fall. Statistics show a decrease in robbery offences in this area of Birmingham of five per cent so far this year compared to the same period in 2013, which equates to 54 fewer victims."
Anyone who can assist with the investigation should contact Birmingham Police CID on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.