Police launch witness appeal after man is repeatedly punched in daylight attack in Exeter

Police are appealing for witnesses to a daylight attack in Exeter where a man was repeatedly punched in the head.

Officers are keen to hear from a group of women and two men in a white van they believe saw the unprovoked attack, which happened at around 10am by the Premier Inn, in St David’s.

A 34-year-old man was walking down St Clement’s Lane – the steps between St David’s Hill and Bonhay Road – which runs alongside the Premier Inn hotel, when he was jumped by a man and repeatedly punched in the head and face.

Police are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the attack, particularly the group of women who may have videoed the assault, and the two men in the van who checked on the victim, but could not stop because of the traffic on Bonhay Road.

Devon and Cornwall Police said the offender was described as a white male in his mid-20s, around 5’9” in height and of medium build. He had short black curly hair and a scruffy appearance.

He was possibly wearing a light-coloured hoody and light-coloured jogging bottoms.

Initially he was with another male who tried to stop him, described as a white male, in his mid-20s with short blonde hair and wearing jeans.

Police described the victim as a white male with short brown curly hair. He was wearing a black hoody, dark blue jeans and a grey rucksack.

His glasses were knocked off during the assault and he left them behind as he tried to escape.

A police spokesperson said: “The victim was walking down St Clement’s Lane, the steps between St David’s Hill and Bonhay Road, which runs alongside the hotel, when he was approached by a man who jumped out in front of him and purposefully kept stepping in his way shouting ‘get out of my way’.

“The offender then attacked the victim, punching him repeatedly in the head and face, causing bruising and swelling to his nose and jaw and a black eye.

“Police would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the attack, particularly the group of females, who may have videoed the incident, and the two men in the van who stopped to check on the victim, but couldn’t stop due to the traffic on Bonhay Road.”

Anyone who has any information about the attack is asked to contact police on 101 or email at 101@dc.police.uk quoting crime reference number CR/086949/20.

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