Guildford attacks on three men 'linked'

Three men were injured in two separate attacks in Guildford which detectives believe may have been linked.

The assaults, in North Street and Millbrook, happened just before 0250 BST and 0305 BST on Sunday as the victims were making their way home.

In the first attack, two men were assaulted after they refused demands to hand over cash outside Barclay Bank. The third man was robbed of his wallet.

Two men aged 23 and 21 from the Woking area have been arrested and bailed.

'Nasty' attacks

Surrey Police said the men attacked in North Street were initially offered drugs. One was repeatedly punched in the face, while the other was punched in the back of the head.

The victim assaulted in Millbrook was pushed into bushes and grabbed by the throat before the attackers made off with his wallet.

"These were nasty, unprovoked attacks on unsuspecting victims who were simply trying to make their way home following nights out on the town," said Det Con Jacqueline Green, who appealed for witnesses to come forward.

"In both incidents the culprits have demanded money before turning violent when their requests were refused."

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