Police are appealing for witnesses after a 53-year-old man was pushed into a canal by a group of young men.

The man was walking along the footpath of the canal in Paddington near Alfred Road, at about 6.30pm on Tuesday when he was pushed in.

He had to be helped out by passersby.

The man was taken to hospital where he was treated for cuts and bruises before being discharged.

The suspects are described as being black and in their late teens or early 20s.

Police have not made any so far.