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4 September 2013, 10:46 | Updated: 4 September 2013, 10:50
Police are trying to find people who saw an attack outside a Bedfordshire pub that left a man needing more than 70 stitches.
The 24 year old was injured outside The Ship in Wing Road, Linslade, in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday 26 August 2013.
Bedfordshire Police say the victim had been waiting outside the pub when a man asked if he had a cigarette.
When the victim said he didn't, the man tried to hit him across the head with a bottle that was hidden behind his back. The victim managed to raise his hands to defend himself but suffered serious wounding to his wrist which required more than 70 stitches.
The attacker is described as white, in his mid-20s, around five feet eight inches tall with short brown hair. Police say he was wearing blue jeans and a dark grey top.
Detective Constable Colin Knight is keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the attack or may know the attacker.
DC Knight said: “This was a vicious assault which has left a young man with a horrendous injury to his arm and wrist and it is imperative that we locate the attacker as quickly as possible before he can harm anyone else.
“I would urge anyone who was in the area on that date or anyone who may have witnessed the assault to get in touch with us. Even the slightest piece of information could help us with our inquiries.”
If you have information, you are asked to contact DC Knight, in confidence, on 01582 394069, the non-emergency number 101, or text information to 07786 200011.
Alternatively contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.