A MAN was headbutted and stabbed after being attacked by five men who then robbed the victim near a pizza shop.

The victim was believed to be heading home after a night out. 

He was walking along King's Road, between West Street and Black Lion Street, when he was approached by a black man who asked to see his watch.

He then pushed the victim into the doorway next to Pizza King.

Another man joined them and he headbutted the victim in the face.

When the victim refused to hand over his watch, he was stabbed by the black man in his side before stabbing him in the leg.

He wrenched the watch off his wrist and the victim managed to escape his attackers. The man who stabbed the victim is black, between 18 and 25, slim, and he wore a blue waist length jacket with a khaki green hood.

He also wore a white T-shirt underneath, light blue denim jeans, white trainers, and a black hat with long tassels hanging down each side.

The man who headbutted the victim is white, between 18 and 25, of large build, with short light brown hair, wearing a light grey hooded jumper, blue denim jeans and black shoes.

The incident took place on December 22 at 6am.

Police have also released CCTV pictures of the other three men, all aged between 18 and 25, whom they believed are involved.

One is black, of slim build, with dark hair in corn rows, wearing a dark blue zipped up jacket, dark jeans and dark shoes.

The second is white, slim, with short fair hair and shaved sides, navy hoodie, dark trainers with white soles.

The third is also white, slim, with short blond hair and shaved sides, dark hoodie, light blue jeans and white trainers.

Detective Constable Dan Aubrey-Smith said: “The victim’s injuries were thankfully not serious but could have been.

"He has made a full physical recovery and we are keen to trace these men and bring them to justice.

“We don’t know if these men are local or were visiting to city for the evening.

"We need to trace them. Do you recognise them or did you see what happened during the attack?”

Call 101 quoting 249 of 22/12/18. Alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.