Police are seeking witnesses to a 'nasty' and 'violent' attack on a teenager in Chester City Centre.
Officers have CCTV stills of three men they want to speak to in connection with the incident which happened near to the toy shop on Watergate Street just after midnight on June 8.
When they arrived on the scene, they discovered a 19-year-old man who had been assaulted by up to three offenders. He had sustained facial injuries to gum, lip and teeth as well as bruising and cuts to his face and back.
An investigation has been launched in a bid to trace those responsible and police are appealing for anyone who witnessed what happened or has any information, which might assist with their enquiries, to come forward.
PC Catrin Seddon said: "This was a particularly nasty and violent attack, which took place on a busy city centre street in front of a number of members of the public.
"We are appealing to anyone who was in the area around that time and may have seen something significant - and have not yet spoken to police - to come forward. Even the smallest amount of information can be useful when piecing together a case."
The trio fled the scene following the incident. Two of them are believed to have had accents of an Eastern European origin.
Anyone with any information is urged to call Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 94 of 8th June or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.