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17 November 2010, 12:45
Bedfordshire Police have released a still taken from CCTV of two offenders who carried out a serious assault in Midland Road, Bedford at around 2am on Sunday 31 October.
The still shows the two men walking along Midland Road, Bedford at around 2.40am on Sunday 31 October after the assault took place. Only minutes earlier they were responsible for assaulting a 55 year old black man outside the Old Oxygen Night Club.
The two men crossed over Midland Road and used the foot bridge into Queens Park. Police think they had been out in the town centre of Bedford and were walking home into Queens Park. The male on the left of the footage is smoking a cigarette and the male on the right is carrying a white plastic carrier bag, which may be a take away meal.
The victim had been in a club on the corner of Rutland Road and Midland Road and after he left was approached by the two men coming from the town centre. Without provocation one of the men punched the victim in the face causing him to fall to the ground. The assault left the victim with a black eye and a broken cheek bone which required surgical intervention, and a broken ankle.
Detective Constable Colin Reed of the Serious Crime Investigation Team said: “We have these men on CCTV carrying out this shocking and unprovoked attack and it would be easy enough for anyone who recognizes them to call the police.
“The attack left the victim with serious injuries and could have caused even more serious injuries had he hit his head when he landed on the pavement. These men need to be caught before they attack again with more serious consequences.
“If you recognize either of these men or saw them in the Midland Road or Queens Park area in the early hours of Sunday 31 October it is simple to call and help me bring these men to justice. Call me on 01234 275340 or if you want to remain anonymous use the Crimestoppers number 0800 555 111.”
If anyone has any further information you can contact Bedfordshire Police on 01234 275340 or text to 07786 200011 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.