A man was left with head and face injuries after he fell victim to an unprovoked, potentially "disastrous" street attack in a South Devon town.
Police, who have only just released details of the October 12 attack, said the 26-year-old man was alone when he was assaulted by a gang of thugs in Totnes after he stepped outside a pub for a cigarette.
The incident took place between 8.30pm and midnight at the upper end of the High Street in a part of the town close to Cistern Street.
After leaving a nearby pub for a smoke he was pushed to the ground and repeatedly kicked in the face and body, according to officers, and was taken to hospital. It is thought one of the attackers wore a white/grey top while the victim had on a purple top.
A police spokesperson said: "This was a serious and unprovoked attack on a young man who is still recovering from his injuries.
"The nature of this incident which involved kicks to the head could have been disastrous and had much more serious consequences.
"As it is, the injuries are regarded as serious and I would urge anyone with information to contact us."