A man rushed to hospital after an assault in Reading will require plastic surgery.

Two men attacked another man, aged in his thirties, in Canterbury Road, Whitley, potentially fracturing his cheekbone and cutting his lip.

The men stole his phone, cash, tobacco and a lighter during the incident on Thursday at 9.30pm.

The victim required hospital treatment and now needs plastic surgery for the cut on his lip, police said.

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The two offenders were aged in their 30s or 40s. One was wearing a red jacket and carrying a black rucksack; the other was wearing a black jacket.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Abigail Carver based at Reading police station, said: “A man was badly injured in this incident and our thoughts remain with him and hope he has a fast and full recovery.

“We would like to speak to anyone who has information about this incident.

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“If you saw what happened or potentially have CCTV or dash-cam from the area at that time, we would encourage you to get in touch.

“You can make a report online or by calling the non-emergency number 101 using the reference 43210545465.

“You can also make a report to the independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 and you can remain 100% anonymous.”