Man Needs 8 Stiches in Mouth

A man's been left needing 8 stitches in his mouth after being punched in the face when he tried to break up an argument in Reading town centre.

The 26 year old from Tilehurst also suffered cuts to the head after falling backwards from being hit so hard.

He was walking along St Mary’s Butts when he witnessed a man and a woman arguing. The man then approached the victim and punched him in the face four times, causing him to fall backwards and hit his head on the floor.

The incident happened between 1am and 2am last Tuesday.

PC Phil Stephens, who is investigating the incident, said: “This assault left the victim with a nasty facial injury which required hospital treatment. He also suffered a headache which lasted for about a week and had to take a couple of days off work while he recovered from his injuries.”

The offender is white, between 20 and 25-years-old, around 5ft 8ins and with a muscular build. He has short wavy hair, blue eyes and was clean shaven. It is believed that he has a tattoo on the top of his left arm.

He was wearing a brown and beige pinstripe shirt with a plain white T-shirt underneath and blue jeans.

A witness heard the offender being referred to as John.

Anyone with any information about this incident should contact PC Phil Stephens, at Reading police station, via 0845 8 505 505.