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CCTV clue to attack on Good Samaritan; POLICE HUNT PAIR OF THUGS WHO TURNED ON MAN IN STREET.

Byline: By STEVE EVANS

TWO thugs who beat up a Good Samaritan in a sickening street attack in Nuneaton are being hunted by police.

One of the attackers punched the man to the ground. His accomplice then brutally stamped on his face while he lay helpless and dazed on the pavement.

Officers say the 22-year-old victim's 'crime' was that he had tried to intervene to prevent a disturbance breaking out in the town centre. The thugs then turned on him.

The incident was captured by CCTV cameras.

Police today released an image which they hope will help find those responsible.

The incident happened in Church Street, Nuneaton, near the Chicago Rock Cafe, at 12.50am on Monday, August 16.

Officers say the 22-year-old, who was not known to the attackers, intervened in an attempt to prevent a disturbance breaking out.

A Warwickshire Police spokeswoman said today: "Unfortunately, the two suspects then turned on the Good Samaritan, with one of them punching him in the face and knocking him to the ground.

"The second male then stamped on the man's face as he lay on the ground.

"The injured man managed to recover his feet and left the scene and reported the incident to the police. He later required hospital treatment for an eye injury."

The two men police want to trace are both white. One was wearing a white short-sleeved shirt with dark trousers and the second was wearing a dark chequered shirt with dark trousers.

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or who can identify the people in the CCTV image is asked to contact PC Ian Barnacle on 024 7664 1111.

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STREET ATTACK: One of the thugs, wearing a chequered shirt, during the sickening incident which was captured on CCTV cameras
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Date:Aug 26, 2004
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