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17 November 2010, 11:25 | Updated: 17 November 2010, 11:29
A man has been seriously hurt after being attacked by a gang of around ten people in St Neots.
The 28 year old victim was sticking up for a woman he was with, who was getting abuse from the group as they walked across the Waitrose car park at 1:45am on Sunday.
He told them to go away, but the group then turned on him.
He was pulled to the ground, then punched and kicked in the head, before an ambulance took him to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.
He was badly hurt and remains in hospital.
Detective Constable Karin Peters, investigating, said: "This was a sickening, unprovoked attack on a man who was simply standing up for his friend.
He suffered serious injuries after being kicked in the head while he was unconscious.
Despite the time of the incident, the area was fairly busy at the time and I'm sure many people would have seen the group before or after the attack."
Anyone with any information is asked to call DC Peters on 0345 456 456 4 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.