A 36-year-old male has been assaulted in what is believed to be a homophobic hate crime in Redcar.
The victim was walking along the footpath on the opposite road to the cemetery near to the junction of Victoria Avenue at around 3:20am on Friday October 2.
He heard a male shouting threatening and homophobic comments towards him.
The victim believed that they were being shouted by a male from a vehicle, however, this is unclear as the victim did not look up and carried on walking.
A few seconds later, the victim was punched in the head from behind, causing him to fall to the ground where he was then punched and kicked in the head and upper body.
As a result of the attack the victim sustained swelling and grazing around his face and nose and he lost a tooth. He received treatment at the Redcar Primary Care Hospital.
Police are appealing for anyone with information or anyone who may have witnessed the incident to call the non-emergency 101 number, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.