WITNESSES are being asked to come forward after a man was taken to hospital with injuries to his face following an assault in Redditch town centre.

The victim, who is 18 years old, was standing near to Lloyds TSB in Church Green East at about 12.45pm on Tuesday, April 8 when he was approached by a male who punched him in the face. He was knocked to the floor and suffered injuries to his mouth.

An ambulance was called and took him to the town’s Alexandra Hospital.

PC Nick Gianfaga, who is investigating, said: “This was a nasty assault and appears to have been unprovoked. We are still trying to put together a description of the offender but bearing in mind this happened in the town centre in broad daylight it may well have been witnessed by other people.

“If you saw anything or know who was responsible then I would urge you to come forward with that information at the earliest opportunity.”

PC Gianfagna can be reached at Redditch Police Station on the non-emergency number 101, quoting incident reference 281-S-080414. Details may also be left anonymously with the independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.