Appeal after New Year's Day assault

Police are appealing for information and witnesses after a man was assaulted in Harpenden on New Year’s Day.

Between 2am and 3am on January 1, the victim, a man in his late thirties from Harpenden, was walking home along Station Road following a night out to celebrate the New Year.

At the junction of Station Road and Overstone Road he has passed a group of about 10 young people, aged approximately 16 years. One of them pushed the victim with his shoulder and others have pushed him to the floor and punched him.

The victim sustained cuts and bruising following the incident.

One of the offenders was described as having dark brown hair and just under 6 foot tall.

PC Barny Fryer is investigating and said: “This was a vicious and unprovoked attack on an innocent member of the public celebrating the New Year. I would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the incident, and particularly a male who walked part of the way home with the victim as well as the driver of a black car who may have witnessed the attack.

“If you can help, please call me via the non-emergency number on 0845 33 00 222. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers, the independent charity, on 0800 555 111.”

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