Man punched and kicked by group

NICOLE MATHEWSON
Last updated 16:11 11/02/2014

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Police are appealing for information after a man was pushed to the ground, kicked and punched by up to four attackers in central Christchurch.

The assault happened as the 19-year-old man left Revival Bar and was walking alone towards the Christchurch Casino along Victoria St about 3.30am on Sunday.

Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Sarah Illingworth said the victim was approached from behind and grabbed by the shoulder.

Another man grabbed his hair, and he was forced to an empty section and pushed to the ground.

Up to four people kicked and punched the man before running off when they were disturbed by a passing taxi driver.

The victim was not seriously injured and was taken home by the taxi driver.

The offender who first approached the victim was desribed as being about 182cm (6 feet) tall, aged in his early 20s, clean-shaven and with dark brown, short curly hair. He was also described as speaking with an Irish accent.

No descriptions were available of the other offenders involved in the attack.

Illingworth asked for anyone who saw the assault, or had information about the incident, to contact police by calling 03 363 7400.

Information can also be provided anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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