Video appeal after man punched in Leicester city centre on Christmas lights switch-on night
Police are hunting a man who punched a 53-year-old in an early evening attack in Leicester city centre.
The incident happened on the night the Christmas lights were turned on in Leicester, Sunday, November 18.
Officers have issued footage of the attack, and of the suspect, who has a distinctive walk, leaving the scene in a bid to trace him.
The victim was approached by a man in the street, near to the junction with Horsefair Street, at about 6pm.
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The man hit the victim in the face, causing him to fall to the ground, before walking away towards the Clock Tower.
The suspect can be seen approaching the victim at the very start of the video clip.
The victim was taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary for treatment to an injury to his head. He was discharged a number of days later.
The suspect is Asian, aged between 25 and 30, with black hair. He was wearing a dark suit.
Pc Ivor Messiah, who is investigating the incident, said: “The assault took place on the same night the Christmas lights were switched on in Leicester which means there would have been hundreds of people in the city that night.
“The victim was in hospital for a number of days following the assault but thankfully has now been discharged.
“The suspect had a distinctive walk and we would urge people to have a look at the footage and contact us if they recognise the man.
“A number of people helped the victim after the incident and we would appeal to anyone who hasn’t yet spoken to the police to do so.
“If you attended the light switch on ceremony and witnessed the assault, or the events leading up to it, please contact us.”
Contact Pc Messiah on 101.