A MAN needed hospital treatment after a 'brutal, unprovoked' early hours attack at the weekend.

Thames Valley Police is now appealing for witnesses to the incident of grievous bodily harm which took place in Witney.

The force said today that the attack happened at about 12.10am on Sunday at West End in the town.

The victim, a man in his fifties, was set upon by three men.

As a result of the attack he sustained a fractured cheekbone, broken ankle and a black eye that required hospital treatment and has since been discharged.

The first offender is described as a white man, who was wearing a dark coloured hooded top.

The second offender is described as a white man, around 6ft tall with short dark hair. He was wearing a dark coloured tracksuit top and bottoms.

The third offender is described as a white man, who was wearing a grey coloured hooded top.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Samantha Bonner, of Force CID, based at Banbury police station, said: "This was a brutal, unprovoked attack that has left the victim with serious injuries.

"I am appealing for anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who may have information about what happened to please come forward.

"Anyone with information can contact police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 43190269540, or make a report online.

"Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous."