A MAN was brutally assault during an attempted robbery in Newbury last week.
The 25-year-old was walking along Newtown Road towards the town centre when two men walking towards him parted to allow their victim to walk between them.
The larger of the two would-be robbers then grabbed the strap of the victim's rucksack. As the victim struggling to hold onto his property the man was floored after being punched him in the face by the second assailant.
And while he was down, he was then kicked in the ribs.
The victim did not require hospital treatment and the criminals escaped empty-handed.
The attempted robbery was carried out between 10pm and 10.30pm on Friday, April 24.
The first robber is described as Asian, 6ft 3ins tall, aged approximately 30 years old, and stocky. He had very short shaved black hair and a trimmed black beard.
At the time of the incident he was wearing a tight-fitting blue jumper, dark coloured trousers and a gold ring on the little finger of his right hand.
The second offender is also said to be Asian, 6ft 1in, and very slim. He had black hair, and a gaunt face with a large pointed nose and chin.
At the time of the incident he was wearing a white shirt which had light blue flowers on it and light blue jeans. He was wearing a silver watch with a black strap and silver chain on his right wrist.
Investigating officer PC Robert Simpson-Jones, from Newbury Local Area CID, said: “I am appealing for anyone with any information about what happened or anyone who witnessed the incident to call police as these details may help our enquiries.”
Anyone with information about the incident should contact the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101.