A MAN sustained facial injuries during a 'vicious and unprovoked' street robbery on Suffolk Road in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The 53-year-old victim was grabbed from behind as he walked home at around 3am on 10 December.

A man wearing a dark hooded top demanded money from him. When the victim refused, he was punched in the face repeatedly and was knocked unconscious.

He was later treated for facial injuries, including a cut to his lip, at Salisbury hospital.

Nothing was taken during the robbery and the offender is believed to have been accompanied by two other men.

He is described as being around 5ft 10ins tall, of thin build and aged in his early to mid 20s. He was wearing a dark-coloured hooded top with the hood up and spoke with a local accent.

Detective Constable Heidi Boyd said: “This was a vicious, unprovoked attack that left the victim with several facial injuries.

“We would like to hear from anyone who saw what happened or who has any information that might help our investigation.

“Were you out in town in the early hours of Sunday morning? Perhaps you remember seeing something suspicious, or remember seeing a man, matching the description given, in Suffolk Road? If so, please contact us.”

If you have any information relating to this case, please call 101 quoting reference 44170479632, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously.