Page last updated at 14:31 GMT, Friday, 15 August 2008 15:31 UK

Man punched in car brick attack

A gang of about 10 youths have attacked a 59-year-old Nottinghamshire man who confronted them after a brick was thrown at his car.

He was driving into Ring Leas Road from Colston Gate in Cotgrave when the brick hit his vehicle.

The youths ran off across a field towards Hollygate and the man drove to the Hollygate Industrial Estate, where he approached the gang in a field.

The victim was punched in the head and suffered bruising and a swollen eye.

He also has severe bruises to his ribs after the attack on Wednesday at about 2100 BST.

This was a cowardly attack on an innocent man by a local group of immature youths
Ch Insp Dave Bombroffe, Nottinghamshire Police

The victim, who does not want to be identified, said: "I had confronted the youths to get an explanation, because one of them had thrown a brick at my car.

"As a result, I was punched in the head, fell to the floor and they continued to hit me.

"At one point I felt a sharp pain to my head - it was a frightening experience."

Ch Insp Dave Bombroffe of Nottinghamshire Police said: "This was a cowardly attack on an innocent man by a local group of immature youths.

"This kind of violent behaviour is totally unacceptable and it will not be tolerated by the police or the local community."

Anyone with any information about the assault is asked to contact the police.

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