Assault on Xmas night

// January 20th, 2011 // Incidents, Within Victoria

Detectives from Moreland Criminal Investigation Unit are appealing for witnesses to an attack on two men in Brunswick on Christmas night which the Anti-Violence Project say appears to have been hate or prejudice motivated.

According to police, the two men aged, 39 and 28, had left a family Christmas gathering and were walking down Sydney Road about 9.30pm when the attack took place near the Barkly Square Shopping Centre.

Police said they walked behind a utility stopped in Sydney Road when they were attacked by two men from that vehicle.

After the initial attack a second vehicle pulled up and several people from this vehicle also joined in the attack.

During the incident a 39-year-old man was assaulted in the middle of the road where he was punched and kicked.

The second man, 28, who had been attacked, tried to escape by getting into a taxi.

The men attacking him tried to pull him from the taxi and continued to assault while he was in the vehicle.

Police are appealing for any witnesses who saw a white colored utility parked in the middle of Sydney Road near the intersection of Weston Street.

This was the vehicle the first group of attackers came from.

Police are also appealing for any witnesses who saw a dark colored sedan parked at the side of the road with the front passenger door open.

The second group of attackers came form this vehicle.

The two men suffered facial injuries including cuts and bruising and were treated at hospital and released.

There was a large number of people around at the time who witnessed the attack and police are appealing for these people to contact police.

Police have been told that there may have been up to 10 men aged between 20 and 25 involved in the attack the attack.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or contact the website at and the Anti-Violence Project is available to support people in making contact with police or to discuss this incident further.

Reports to Crimestoppers are totally anonymous and protect the confidentiality of people making the call to them.

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