AN unsuspecting victim suffered a broken eye socket after being attacked in the early hours.
The 27-year-old was set upon in Church Square, Hartlepool, after a group of four to six men came up to him.
Police are now appealing for witnesses to the assault that happened at 12.20am on Monday, December 12.
Officers particularly want to trace one of the men in the gang who is described as in his early twenties and was wearing a grey tracksuit at the time.
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “The group had possibly been drinking in The Clarendon public house earlier in the evening.”
Anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone with further information is asked to contact PC Paul Whitehouse at Hartlepool Police on (01642) 302110 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.