POLICE need help catching thugs responsible for a sickening late night street attack on a Ballarat man.

The king hit was caught on a Lydiard Street North camera at 4am on August 24. The footage shows a group of three men gathered on the footpath as the victim approaches after leaving a nearby nightclub.

Ballarat Criminal Investigation Unit Detective Senior Constable Phil Canny said the victim, a 28-year-old Ballarat man, was accosted by the trio and engaged in conversation. He said one of the offenders directed the victim’s attention elsewhere, then punched him to the side of the head.

“Its terrible … he’s very lucky he wasn’t killed or seriously injured.”

Detective Senior Constable Canny said the confrontation began when the group “demanded” a drink off the victim.“This man did nothing to provoke the attack, it was just an innocent bystander who left a nightclub, walked along the street, was accosted by these guys … then king hit.”

The footage shows the victim get up, chase the offenders down a lane. The two offenders, who were not involved in the king hit, then threw the victim to the ground kicking him repeatedly.

“As a result, he got stitches above his right eye, really bad swelling to the right side of the face, chipped teeth and general bruising over his upper body from being kicked,” he said.

The main offender is described as wearing mustard or beige coloured jeans, a burgundy or maroon top and a dark beanie or beret. The other two offenders were wearing jeans and light coloured tops with three-quarter length dark sleeves.

Anyone with information can call 5336 6080 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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FOOTAGE: A scene from the footage taken in Lydiard Street North.

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