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Teenager attacks man in his 50s who asked bike gang blocking path in Station Road in Bishop's Stortford to move

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A man was left with a black eye, cuts and broken glasses when he was punched in the face by one of a group of teenagers on bikes blocking a pavement in Bishop's Stortford.

The pedestrian, in his 50s, was walking along Station Road in the town centre at night when the unprovoked attack happened.

The incident occurred nine days before Christmas. Police today (Tuesday January 4) issued an appeal for witnesses and information.

Hertfordshire Constabulary said that the victim was walking home on Thursday, December 16 when, shortly before 8.30pm, he was confronted by four teenage males on bikes blocking the pavement near Chicken Corner and the off licence.

When he asked them to move, he was punched in the face and suffered a deep cut to his eye socket, a black eye and a cut to his nose. His glasses were also damaged.

His attacker was a black youth, aged around 18 and of "athletic build", with cropped black hair and wearing black sportswear.

PC Chris Ciepiela, who is investigating, said: "This was a completely unprovoked attack which has left the victim very shaken. He's also been left with the expense of replacing his glasses.

"We're continuing to conduct enquiries in the area, including reviewing any CCTV opportunities. We're also appealing for anyone who saw what happened, or anyone who saw the males on bicycles in the area around the time, to please get in touch."

Call non-emergency number 101, email chris.ciepiela@herts.police.uk, report information online at herts.police.uk/report or speak to an operator via online webchat at herts.police.uk/contact, quoting crime reference 41/98859/21.

Alternatively, stay 100% anonymous by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or via the independent charity's untraceable online form at crimestoppers-uk.org.

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