A 30-year-old man is in need of plastic surgery to his hand after three men seriously assaulted him before stealing his mobile phone and cash during a street robbery in Leighton Buzzard.
The incident happened at around 11.45pm on Friday as the victim was making his way home along a pathway which runs between Appenine Way and Hockliffe Road, next to the narrow gauge railway, after a night out.
The victim was approached by three offenders who started to attack him. He fell to the floor and curled up in a ball, but the attack continued with the offenders using a knife to try and cut off the bag that he was carrying.
However, the offenders slashed through the victim’s hand causing serious injury to his tendons. The offenders then fled the area on a moped with the victim’s mobile phone and money.
The victim made his way home and called the police before being taken to hospital for treatment to several slash wounds to his left hand which require plastic surgery, a fractured knuckle, a black eye and other bruising to his face.
Detective Constable Tom Hamm, who is investigating the incident, is keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the attack or may have information about the offenders who are described as being white males, between 17 and 23 years old, of slim build with one wearing a white hooded top.
DC Hamm said: “This was a very violent assault which has left a man with extremely serious injuries to his hands after the offenders tried to cut off his bag. I would urge anyone who was in the area at the time of the assault to come forward and talk to us. Even the smallest piece of information could help.”
If you have information relating to this incident, contact DC Hamm, in confidence, on 01582 394498, the non-emergency number 101, or text information to 07786 200011.
Alternatively contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.