Officers are appealing for witnesses after a brawl in Bedford in the early hours of New Year's Day.
On Saturday (1 January) at 3.30am, a group of eight men became involved in an argument with two other men on Bedford High Street, near The Rose pub and Millennium takeaway outlet.
During the altercation, one of the men was knocked to the floor. The larger group then continued to assault him by kicking him while he was on the floor.
Detective Constable Lindsey Cook, investigating, said: “This was a violent attack in the middle of Bedford, at a time when people may have still been out and about following New Year celebrations. We are keen to speak to anyone who either witnessed the incident or has any information that can help us with our enquiries.
“We are working hard to identify the attackers, as this type of violent behaviour won’t be tolerated in our communities. I’d urge anyone with information or who captured the incident on their mobile phone to get in touch with us, either directly or anonymously through Crimestoppers.”
Anyone with information that can assist the investigation is asked to call 101 or use our online reporting tool and quote the reference 40/72/22.