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29 April 2015, 08:52
Police have released pictures of three men they'd like to speak to after two brothers were attacked outside a Black Country pub.
The trio are believed to have attacked the 19-year-old as he waited on Ettymore Road for a lift home, with his brother and girlfriend, in the early hours of Sunday 22 March.
The couple had been for drinks in nearby Sedgley bars before they met the lad’s brother and his friends.
At the end of the night the group left and waited for a lift from a friend by the taxi rank on Ettymore Road, but became concerned for a young woman’s welfare as she sat in a parked car and was involved in what appeared to be a violent argument.
The 19-year-old approached the car and tried to intervene when the driver got out and started to hurl abuse at him. Moments later the three suspects walked up Ettymore Road and one of the men swung a punch at the victim, causing him to stumble backwards.
His brother was then punched to the floor as he tried to stop the attack and the pair were kicked as they lay on the ground, before their attackers ran off towards the Bull Ring and got into a taxi.
Detective Constable Simon Cooper, from the violent crime team of Force CID, based at Smethwick, urges people to come forward with information.
“It seems as though these two young men have just been trying to help a woman who was in distress but ended up needing treatment in A&E for their trouble," he said.
“It’s not clear if the three men who attacked the brothers even know the man who was involved in the argument with the girl, or just saw it as an opportunity to get involved in some late night violence.
“Either way we want to trace them and urge anyone who recognises the men captured on CCTV to call us with information."
Both men needed stitches to facial injuries as a result of the attack.