A MAN who was gang-bashed and robbed in Tweed Heads yesterday has had his eyelid stitched up.
The man, 42, and a male friend, 52, were walking along Wharf Street about 2.30am when they were set upon by five men aged in their 20s.
Police said both men were punched and kicked to the ground and one also had his bag stolen.
Both men were taken to The Tweed Hospital following the attack and were discharged yesterday.
“The 42-year-old was badly injured,” Sergeant Rob Taylor of Tweed/Byron Police said. “He had a deep laceration to his left eye, which needed five stitches. He had a black eye and cuts and bruises.
“The other man had lacerations to the head.”
The men hid in Chris Cunningham Park until police and ambulance crews arrived. They had been walking home from a Coolangatta nightspot when they were approached near the intersection of Bay Street.
The attack comes one week after a woman was left with a broken arm after being mugged in Wharf Street.
Tweed Heads detectives and crime scene investigators yesterday attended the scene of the bashing and found blood on the footpath.
One offender has been described as wearing a red T-shirt and speaking with a New Zealand accent.
Anyone with information should contact Tweed Police on (07) 5536 0999 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.