A CYCLIST was left with two broken fingers and facial injuries after being attacked in the street by three thugs.
The 40-year-old man was pedalling his bike up Church Street, in Hartlepool, when the unprovoked attack took place.
The gang of men kicked and punched their victim, breaking two of his fingers and causing injuries to his face.
They then ran off towards Hartlepool train station.
The shocked and shaken cyclist was left needing medical treatment at the One Life Centre, in Park Road, Hartlepool, and will need further check-ups on his hand.
Today Cleveland Police appealed for witnesses to the attack to come forward and also released descriptions of two of the attackers.
A police spokeswoman said: “A man on a pedal bike was attacked by three men in Church Street, Hartlepool.
“The attack lasted a couple of minutes during which time the man was kicked and punched.
“The three attackers then ran off towards Station Approach.”
One of the yobs is described as being bald with dark stubble around the back of his head and was wearing a blue Adidas jacket and was aged between 30 and 40-years-old.
Another of the gang is said to have been aged around 30-years-old with blond hair and was wearing a white Lacoste jacket.
Anyone with any information about the incident, which took place around 9pm on Thursday, May 15, should contact PC Neil Hewitson on 101.