Police are investigating after a man was attacked in Crewe.
Officers say group of five teenage boys, wearing dark clothing and face coverings, rode up to the victim on bicycles on Flag Lane and asked him for a cigarette at around 10pm on Sunday (17 May).
After failing to get a cigarette, two of the boys assaulted the 50-year-old.
The victim was hit with a bike seat, as well as punched and kicked before the group rode off on their bicycles.
He flagged down a car for help and was subsequently taken to hospital in an ambulance.
He remains in hospital recovering from his serious injury.
Detective Constable Scott Marshall-Bowater, of Crewe CID, said: “This was a frightening and traumatic incident that has left the victim in hospital with a serious injury and extremely shaken up.
“I would like to reassure the community that this appears to be an isolated incident and we are determined to establish the identities of the boys responsible for the unprovoked assault and bring them to justice.
“As part of our enquiries we want to speak to anyone who was in the Flag Lane area of Crewe at around 10pm on Sunday 17 May and saw anything that may aid our investigation.
“We also want to hear from anyone who believes they may know the identities of the boys on the bikes or have footage of them.”
Anyone with information or CCTV or dashcam footage that may be relevant to the investigation should call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, quoting IML 708659, give the details via https://www.cheshire.police.