A SHOCKED delivery driver has told of the moment he was attacked in his van shortly after he finished his shift in the early hours.
David Dodds, 29, was driving down York Road, in the town, when a group of four men walked out across the road.
Two of the men stopped the van and asked Mr Dodds for a lift as one put his hand on the wheel.
But as Mr Dodds refused and tried to move the suspect’s arm, he was punched, suffering a cut on his face and a black eye.
“I was shocked because I didn’t expect it,” said Mr Dodds, who had just finished a night shift working for DTF Couriers when the attack happened at around 4.15am on Saturday, October 19.
“I only stopped because they were in front of the van, as soon as I was punched I just drove away before they could do anything else or before I did something which I would regret.
“They were drunken fools, they had obviously had way too much to drink, but you can’t go round pulling people over like that and attacking them.
“I hope the police find whoever it was, I would like them to be dealt with.”
David, who lives in Washington, has worked as a delivery driver for around five years, but said before now he has never been the victim of any attack, and neither have any of his colleagues.
Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses to the attack.
The main suspect is described as a white male, around 5ft 10in-tall, of slim build with short to mid-length brown hair and clean shaven.
He spoke with a local accent, was in his mid 30s and was wearing a white polo T-shirt and dark jeans.
Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Terence Phillips, of Hartlepool Police, on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.