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Unprovoked assault at Elephant & Castle: police appeal

Detectives are appealing for information following an apparently unprovoked assault at the Elephant & Castle last October.

Just before 8am on Sunday 28 October 2012 the 56-year-old victim got off a bus in New Kent Road.

As he made his way round to the Elephant & Castle Northern Line station two men began making abusive comments to him. The two suspects then attacked him, punching and kicking him to the floor in a sustained assault until another witness intervened and called the police. The two suspects then ran off in the direction of the tube station.

The victim was taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service where he was treated for facial injuries.

Police believe the same two suspects had assaulted another man shortly before this incident, close to the Coronet. However a victim is yet to come forward. The suspects are believed to have left a nightclub in nearby Elephant Road shortly before committing the assaults.

"This was an unprovoked attack which caused the victim painful facial injuries and possible lasting damage to his eye," said Detective Constable Sarah Naisbitt from Southwark CID.

"We are keen to trace any witnesses to this assault as well as anyone who saw the same two men attacking another victim minutes before.

"Members of the public went to the assistance of both victims, some of whom were also subjected to threats and I'd urge anyone with information to come forward and assist us in arresting these two violent thugs."

The two suspects are described as follows:

Suspect 1 is a white man, approximately 5'10 – 6' tall. He was wearing a white shirt and jeans and a dark coloured scarf with gelled back brown hair.

Suspect 2 is a Mediterranean man, approximately 5' 6". He was wearing a blazer with elbow pads, white shirt and jeans with very short cropped black hair.

Are you the unidentified victim who was also assaulted? Did you witness either attack? If you saw anything suspicious in the area at the time or have any information about the suspects please contact DC Naisbitt at Southwark CID on 020 7232 7313 or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously.

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