POLICE are appealing for help in finding a gang of up to 15 teenagers who attacked two friends as they were walking home after a night out.
The victims — one aged 39 and one 40 — were set upon in Uplands, Swansea, and repeatedly kicked to the head and body as they lay on the ground.
The men were later treated at Morriston Hospital for injuries including a fractured eye socket, cheek bone and nose and cuts and bruises. The attack happened around 4.20am on New Year's Day, though police have only just released the details.
South Wales Police Detective Sergeant Steve Daniels urged anyone with information about what happened to come forward.
He said: "This is a very nasty assault which has resulted in both these men sustaining quite serious injuries.
"The incident has happened during the early hours of New Year's Day, when many people could well have been still making their way home.
"I am appealing to anyone who was in the vicinity and saw the attack or has any relevant information to come forward."
The friends had been celebrating New Year's Eve in Swansea city centre and were walking home when police say they were "confronted" by a group of youngsters on Bullin's Lane, near St James's Church.
The men were forced to the ground and assaulted.
Police say neither of the victims was able to provide descriptions of their attackers, but they are appealing to anyone who can identify the culprits to come forward.
Can you help? Call Swansea Central CID on 01792 450618 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111