A REVELLER has been scarred for life after a thug punched him in the face with a knuckle duster after asking him for a slice of pizza.
The 48-year-old victim was left needing an intricate plastic surgery operation to his right cheek after the unprovoked attack with the weapon left him with painful cuts.
The man had been out in Hartlepool town centre and was walking home along Maritime Avenue, off Marina Way, at 2am eating a takeaway pizza when he was approached by a gang of men.
One of the group asked for a slice of the pizza and the victim actually went to hand him a portion
before he was suddenly punched in the face.
Due to the severity of the injuries the man was left with, police believe that the attacker may have been wearing a knuckle-duster of some sort.
The victim, who does not wish to be identified, went to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, but was transferred to James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, where surgeons had no choice but to operate on the wound.
Today police have released a description of the suspect who is said to be white, around 6ft tall, of slim build, aged between 25 and 30-years-old and with dark hair which had been shaved around the back and sides. He was also wearing a white t-shirt.
Officers have also appealed for any witnesses to the shocking assault, on Friday last week, to come forward.
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “Police in Hartlepool are appealing for information following an assault on a 48-year-old man as he made his way home from a night out.
“The man was walking along Maritime Avenue in the town at 2am, on Friday, November 23, when he was approached by a group of men.
“One of the men asked for a slice of the pizza being carried by the victim, before punching him to the face injuring his right cheek.
“It is believed that the attacker may have been wearing a knuckle-duster of some kind, as the victim suffered puncture wounds to his right check which required plastic surgery and will leave a scar.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Michael Harland, of Hartlepool Police, on the non-emergency number 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.