Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after an assault occasioning grievous bodily harm in Banbury.
At about 12.30am today (Tuesday), a 48-year-old man was walking along the footpath leading from West Bar Street to People’s Park with two female friends.
As they walked along the footpath they noticed a man and a woman walking behind them.
Suddenly, the man behind them jumped on the victim, knocked him to the ground and punched him repeatedly before running off into People’s Park.
During the incident, the woman who was with the offender shouted “Michael” at him before running back towards West Bar Street.
As the victim’s friends went to help him, a third man ran past them into People’s Park shouting ‘Mikey”.
The victim sustained a number of lacerations to his face and was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford for treatment.
The offender is white, aged in his mid-twenties, 5ft 10ins, of medium build with short brown hair. He was wearing an electric blue hoody and blue jeans.
Those with any information about this incident should contact Det Con Paddy O’Grady from Banbury CID, via the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.
If you don’t want to speak directly to the police, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers (opens new window) anonymously on 0800 555 111 No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.