A 71-year-old man has been attacked after telling a stranger to stop following him and his wife.
Police say the couple were walking along West Street at around 3am on Saturday (24 November), when they realised that they were being followed by a man neither of them recognised.
They walked to the park at Derby Docks, where they asked the man to stop following them.
The offender then assaulted the 71-year-old, causing serious facial injuries, before running off in the direction of Underwood Lane.
The victim was taken to hospital. He has since been discharged but requires ongoing medical treatment.
The offender is described as being around 5’ 9” tall and aged approximately in his early 20s. He had dark hair and a slim/medium build and was wearing a dark coat and jeans.
Detective Constable Jessica Kusiar said: “The victim was subjected to a vicious and unprovoked assault while walking with his wife and has been left with serious facial injuries.
“He has been discharged from hospital but requires ongoing treatment and the couple have been left shaken up by the incident.
“We are determined to catch the man responsible and bring him to justice. Enquiries into the incident are ongoing and I urge anyone with any information that may help our investigation, no matter how small, to come forward.
“If you were in the area around the time and witnessed the assault or saw anything else that may be relevant, or if you think you recognise the description of the offender and may know who he is, please get in touch.
“The same goes for anyone who believes they may have dashcam or CCTV footage of the offender.”
Anyone with information that may help with the investigation should call Cheshire Police on 101, quoting IML 250032, give the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/
To submit dashcam footage go online at www.cheshire.police.uk/advice-
DC Kusiar added: “I would like to reassure residents that this appears to be an isolated incident and extra officers will be patrolling the area.
“Anyone with any concerns should speak to an officer.”