Police are looking for witnesses after two thugs viciously kicked a man as he lay on the ground - because he would not give them a cigarette.

The brutal attack happened at 1am on Thursday, October 24 as the victim - who is in his 30s was walking along Slough High Street past the Brickhouse.

Two youths approached him, one of them on a bike.

They asked the victim for a cigarette and when he refused they pushed him to the ground and kicked him numerous times, before running away through an alleyway on Hencroft Street.

The victim suffered injuries to his back and leg as well as a black eye with further cuts and swelling to his head. He remains in hospital receiving treatment.

Investigating officer, PC Toby Iredale, based at Slough police station, said: “I am appealing for witnesses to this incident that has left a man needing hospital treatment.

“I would urge anyone who has any information to get in touch by calling the non-emergency number 101 or make a report online quoting reference number ‘43190330938’.

“Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers if you wish to remain anonymous on 0800 555 111.”

*A 17-year-old boy from Slough was arrested on suspicion of assault by beating, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and possession of a bladed/pointed article in a public place. He has been released on bail until 18 November.