Thanet Council is condemning thugs who repeatedly punched a street cleaner in the head in an unprovoked attack in Ramsgate.
The Council worker was first approached by the two men in Boundary Road at around 6.15 on Saturday morning, who asked him if he had a cigarette.
He said no and continued his work, walking along Denmark Road to Dane Park Road, when the same two men approached him a few minutes later and again asked if he had a cigarette.
He gave the same answer and was then punched in the head by both men, leaving him with a wound to his forehead that needed stitches in hospital. Both men ran off along Dane Park Road to Boundary Road.
Cllr. Roger Latchford, Cabinet Member for Commercial Services, said:
"What have we come to when a member of staff is attacked while doing his job of cleaning up our streets? This was an appalling and unprovoked attack by what I can only describe as thugs and our thoughts are with the victim. He has asked us to pass his thanks on to the residents of Dane Park Road, who came to his assistance after the attack and called an ambulance for him."
He added: "I find it particularly upsetting, as in recent weeks, since we took the service back in house, we have had so many compliments from residents about the work of our street cleaners and how much better the area is looking. I would urge anyone with any information about this attack to contact the police immediately."
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Thanet Police on 01843 222 178.