Cornwall

'Vulnerable' man kicked and punched in 'vicious' attack

Trafalgar roundabout
Image caption The victim, in his 30s, was walking past Trafalgar roundabout in Truro city centre when the group approached him

A vulnerable man has been repeatedly kicked and punched in a "vicious and unprovoked" street attack.

Police said the man, who has learning difficulties, was "taunted" and beaten by a gang of three men and a woman.

The man was returning from a trip to the shop to buy chocolate when he was attacked in Truro, Cornwall, at about 20:30 BST on Friday.

The investigating officer said the victim had been left "devastated and anxious" and appealed for witnesses.

PC Kim James, from Devon and Cornwall Police, said: "It was a vicious and unprovoked attack by a female and three males in their late teens or early 20s."

The victim, in his 30s, was walking past Trafalgar roundabout in Truro city centre when the group approached him.

'Disgusting'

PC James said: "He was wearing a grey hat which the woman took off him and was taunting him. When he tried to get it back he was pushed to the ground by one of the males who punched him to the head and chest up to 20 times."

PC James said the victim was also repeatedly kicked in the chest and put in a headlock according to witnesses.

She said: "It's disgusting that a vulnerable member of the community has been treated in this way."

The extent of the victim's injuries are not clear.

Police asked anybody who saw the attack to get in touch by calling 101.

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