A MAN was left needing medical treatment after being punched and then kicked as he lay on the ground.
Police say the 25-year-old man was making his way through an alleyway between Jaywood Close and Alderwood Close, in Hartlepool, at around 12.30am on Sunday, May 12, when he was attacked.
He was punched in the face, which knocked him to the ground, and then kicked during the unprovoked assault.
It is believed that two people wearing dark clothing ran from the scene in the direction of Woodstock Way.
The man suffered a swollen and bruised eye and attended the One Life Centre, in Park Road, for treatment.
Any witnesses or anyone with further information regarding the incident is asked to contact PC Anthony Cairns, of Hartlepool Police, on the non-emergency 101 number or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.