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Police are appealing for witnesses after an attack in Southampton which left a man with a broken jaw and damage to his teeth.
At about 4am Thursday, October 18, the 23-year-old man was walking along Hill Lane from Southampton city centre. When he got to the junction with Languard Road, he saw two Asian men.
One of the men asked him for a cigarette. As the victim was getting a cigarette out of his pocket, he was punched in the face and mouth. The two Asian men ran up Hill Lane towards the cemetery, and the victim ran down Languard Road.
At Southampton General Hospital, he was treated for a lost tooth and several loosened lower teeth. He had surgery to set a broken jaw.
The Asian man who asked for the cigarette is described as about 23 years of age, 5ft 10ins tall and stocky. He wore a grey sweater, track suit trousers and a grey beanie hat. The second Asian man is described as of similar physical appearance.
Detective Constable Simon Bembridge is appealing for information from anyone who saw the attack or who has information about it.
“This appears to be an unprovoked attack which left the victim with serious injuries through grievous bodily harm. Anyone who can identify the attackers is asked to contact police,” he said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Bembridge at Shirley CID on 101 or the anonymous Crimestoppers charity line on 0800 555 111.