POLICE have issued a plea for help after a man was assaulted and suffered a serious head injury.

The 20-year-old victim was walking near the civic offices in Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, when he was attacked.

The incident happened last Thursday but the victim is still in hospital.

Police have released a CCTV image of a group of five people we want to speak to in connection with the incident.

Det Con Nicholas Sandford-Smith, said: “We know the image isn’t particularly clear, but we think that if you know any of these people, you’ll recognise them; or you may have seen them out that night and recognise them from their clothing. We would urge these people, or anyone who recognises them, to get in touch with us.

“We are also appealing for anyone who witnessed the assault, or saw the group of people shown in the CCTV in the area, before or after the assault.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Hampshire Constabulary on 101 quoting 44190352614.