A MAN was assaulted when he refused to give his attacker a can of lager from the box he was carrying.
The 32-year-old victim was walking with a friend from Tesco, in Burn Road, Hartlepool, towards the Belle Vue area, through Oxford Street, with the alcohol when the incident happened.
Police say as the pair passed a group of six to eight men, who were standing next to a dark-coloured car, possibly a Vauxhall, one of the men asked for a can of lager.
Officers added that when the victim refused, one of the men hit him in the face, knocking a tooth out and loosening another.
The man went to One Life Hartlepool, in Park Road, for treatment.
A Cleveland Police spokesman said: “Police in Hartlepool are appealing for witnesses to an assault in Oxford Street in the town in the early hours of Saturday, November 12.”
The alleged attacker is described as white, in his late 20s or early 30s, around 5ft 8ins-tall, of medium build, with short black hair which was shaved at the back and at the sides.
Anyone with information about the attack should call PC John Tyson, of Hartlepool Police, on (01642) 302110 or the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.