Two men were taken to hospital after being assaulted on a main road in a South Cheshire town.
The pair, aged 22 and 18, were walking along Welsh Road, Nantwich – near the Cheshire Cat – when a group of six men on the other side of the road started to verbally abuse them.
The attackers then crossed the road and repeatedly punched both victims before walking off.
Both men were assessed by paramedics before being taken to Crewe’s Leighton Hospital as a precautionary measure.
Cheshire Police have now issued an appeal for witnesses to the incident – which took place at around 10.10pm on Saturday October 17.
Police Constable Steven Wood, of Crewe Local Policing unit, said: “The attack understandably left the victims shaken up and we are committed to doing all we can to trace the men responsible.
“Enquiries in relation to this incident are ongoing and we want to hear from anyone who witnessed the attack or has any other information which may aid our investigation.
“Perhaps you were in the area and saw the attack taking place, or witnessed the offenders fleeing the scene.
“We also want to hear from anyone who believes they may have dashcam or CCTV footage of the group of offenders.”
The attackers are all described as white and in their late teens/early 20s. They were wearing grey and black jogging pants, hoodies and dark trainers.
The ringleader of the group had his hood up and was around 5’ 10” tall.
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Anyone with any information or footage that may help the police investigation being asked to call Cheshire Police on 101, quoting IML 830414, or give the details online via https://www.cheshire.police.uk/ro/report .
Alternatively, information can be passed on to Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or via https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/forms/give-information-anonymously