POLICE are hunting for a man in connection with a brutal attack with a pool cue near Reading West Station.

The wanted man is known as 'Rafal' but also goes by the name 'Rafcio' and is believed to be 34 years old.

He is being sought by Thames Valley Police in connection with an assault, which saw a man suffer broken ribs at around 7.30am on Saturday, July 8.

The victim, a 23-year-old man, was hit in the head and face repeatedly with the cue and he was treated at the Royal Berkshire Hospital after suffering cuts and bruises.

Rafal is believed to be a white Polish man, about 5ft 7ins, with dark short hair, of athletic build with tattoos.

Police say he has links to the Oxford Road area and regularly uses the White Eagle pub.

Investigating officer, Police Constable Susannah Procter of the Response Team based at Reading police station, said: “Rafal, also known as Rafcio, is wanted in connection with this unprovoked and brutal attack, which has left the victim with a broken rib as well as other cuts and bruises to his head and body.

“If anyone has any information as to the whereabouts of Rafal they should contact police immediately. In an emergency call 999 or in a non-emergency call 101 and quote reference 43170200887.

“If you see Rafal you advised not to approach him but instead to call 999.

“Rafal has links to the Oxford Road area of Reading and frequents the White Eagle pub in the road which is opposite Belmont Road."

If you have any information relating to this case, please call 101 quoting reference '43170200887', or contact Crimestoppers anonymously.