“Due to the extent of the victims’ injuries it is believed he was assaulted”

Police are appealing for witnesses and information after a man received serious facial injuries in Redditch.

It happened between 11pm on Saturday, 25 February and 5am on Sunday, 26 February in Park Way, near Church Hill.

The victim, a man in his late teens, was walking along Park Way when he was approached by two males who asked if they could borrow his mobile phone to send a text message. Having lent them his phone, they walked off with it and he tried to get it back. Some hours later he was discovered by police officers with injuries to his jaw and face as well as a number of cracked teeth, and was in a confused state.

He was taken to the Worcestershire Royal Hospital for treatment and has since had surgery on his jaw. He is currently recovering in hospital.

Detective Constable Lindsey Hewitt said: “Due to the extent of the victims’ injuries it is believed he was assaulted and we would therefore like to speak to anyone who was in the area late on Saturday evening or early Sunday morning and remembers seeing a man being assaulted.”

Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to contact DC Hewitt at West Mercia Police on 0300 333 3000, quoting incident 177-S-260212, or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.