Two men in hoodies assaulted a man in his 30s as he walked through a Northampton underpass during the early hours of the morning.
Detectives have issued descriptions of the attackers who stopped their victim by asking for a cigarette, then punched him after he said he did not smoke.
A Northamptonshire Police spokesman said: "The victim was assaulted as he walked through an underpass near the Mereway roundabout,in Towcester Road, Northampton, between 5.15am and 5.45am on Thursday (January 7).
"Two men asked him for a cigarette but when the man told them he didn’t smoke, the offenders punched him to the head.
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"Both offenders were white and in their late-teens to early 20s, about 6ft and of a medium build. One was wearing a black hooded top and a black skull cap, the second wore a black top with the hood up."
Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information which could assist Police with the investigation can call 101 using incident number 21000011543. Or, alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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