A cab driver has been left hospitalised after a gang attacked him as he left a take-away.
The attack, which took place in Derby city centre, happened in the early hours of Sunday morning.
According to The Derby Telegraph the cabbie was attacked the moment he left the take-away by four or five people, who beat him to the ground, and then continued to punch him whilst he was on the floor.
Police, who were called at approximately 5am, arrived to find the cabbie with head injuries.
The cabbie was taken to Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham, where he remains in intensive care.
It is believed that the cabbie had finished work at the time of the attack.
A police spokesman said:
"Officers are investigating the circumstances of an assault in Derby which happened in the early hours of this morning.
At around 5.05am today (Sunday, November 25) officers were called the The Morledge in Derby city centre to reports that a man was injured. On arrival a man was found with a head injury and was taken to hospital where he remains. The investigation is in its early stages and a scene is in place whilst enquiries into the circumstances continue. Anyone with information is asked to contact us by using the following methods quoting incident number 226 of November 25.
Facebook – send us a private message to /DerbyshireConstabulary
Twitter – direct message our contact centre on @DerPolContact
Website – complete the online contact form www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us.
Phone – call us on 101.
You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."