Stoke & Staffordshire

Tamworth Transit van gang attacks five

Five men have been injured in separate unprovoked attacks by a gang of men travelling around Tamworth, Staffordshire, in a Ford Transit van.

Two victims were badly hurt - one had his nose and jaw broken and the other needed reconstructive facial surgery.

The first attack was at about midnight on 2 January and the most recent attack was at about 2000 GMT on Monday.

The gang of up to five men stopped their victims by asking for directions, Staffordshire Police said.

Witness appeal

A 39-year-old who was walking along Kettlebrook Road on Sunday was punched in the head. Shortly after midnight a 19-year-old was assaulted by the group in Queensway, Tamworth.

At about 1845 GMT on Monday a 37-year-old man walking along Ludd Lane near the Lichfield Road Industrial Estate was punched in the head and now requires reconstructive facial surgery.

Shortly after, a 49-year-old man walking in Coton Lane was approached by the group and asked for directions to a McDonald's restaurant.

The men tried to grab him but he ran away.

A 26-year-old was assaulted on the old A5 near the Robert Peel Hospital at about 2000 GMT on Monday. He was treated in hospital for a broken jaw and broken nose.

"There appears to no clear motive for these assaults which is why we are keen to hear from anyone else who may have been approached by these men or anyone with information about them," a police spokesman said.

The group of up to five men were travelling in a new-style, white Ford Transit van with a sliding side door.

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