A man was knocked to the ground and stamped on during a vicious attack outside a popular Stoke-on-Trent hardware store.
The 39-year-old sustained ‘serious injuries’ after being attacked by another man when he was walking across the Screwfix car park on Leek Road in Joiners Square shortly after 5.30pm on Wednesday (May 27).
He was knocked to the ground and stamped on before the suspect was spotted getting into a silver vehicle and being driven off in the direction of Lime Kiln Bank.
A 19-year-old man from Stoke-on-Trent has been arrested but has since been bailed.
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Officers are now appealing for any witnesses to come forward, as well as a man they believe was with the victim and another who confronted the alleged attacker.
A Staffordshire Police spokesman: “Investigating officers are also keen to speak to a man who appeared to be with the victim at the time of the attack as well as the driver of a light coloured vehicle who potentially challenged the offender during the attack.
“A 19-year-old man from Stoke-on-Trent has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent and has since been released on conditional bail.”
West Midlands Ambulance Service confirmed paramedics attended the scene.
A spokesman said: “We were called to reports of an assault on Leek Road. Two ambulances were sent to the scene.
“We treated one patient, a man, who had serious injuries.
“He was taken to hospital for further treatment.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Staffordshire Police quoting reference 2100003765 or e-mail PC 27343 PEARCE on email@example.com.