Police are hunting a gang of men who jumped out a car and subjected a 20-year-old to a terrifying late-night attack outside a curry house.
The victim and his friend were on their way home from a music festival when a silver hatchback slammed to a halt in Draycott and five or six men climbed out.
He was then repeatedly punched in the head by two or three of the group close to Sultan Buffet Restaurant, in Uttoxeter Road, before they stole his jacket and wallet.
His friend was then chased by the other offenders towards Draycott but he managed to escape.
The gang then sped off only to return a short time later from the direction of Blythe Bridge when they threw the jacket and empty wallet out of the car.
Now police have launched an urgent appeal for witnesses as they try to track down those responsible for the mugging, which happened at around 1.25am on Sunday (September 3).
A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “As the two friends were walking along the road, a car back with the front nearside headlight out stopped and five or six men exited.
“The 20-year-old was then assaulted. The victim’s friend was pursued but managed to make his escape.
“All offenders then made off in the vehicle. Shortly after, the offenders returned where they threw the victim’s jacket and wallet out of the car. An amount of cash had been stolen from the wallet.
“An investigation is underway but we need your help in identifying the offenders.
“If you witnessed these events or have any information that could assist with our investigation, please call us.”
Paramedics were called to the scene and the victim was treated for cuts to his face but he did not need hospital treatment.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were called by police at 1.32am to reports of an assault in Uttoxeter Road, Draycott.
“We sent a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle and treated a young male. He was discharged at the scene.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident 59 of September 3.