BY AMAR MEHTA
A teenager was left suffering from a broken jaw and cheekbone after a “vicious attack” outside a restaurant.
The 19-year-old had to have surgery and is also suffering from a swollen eye socket after the assault in Peckham.
Police and paramedics were called to Rye Lane shortly after midnight on February 24, after reports of an assault.
The teenager and his friend had been buying food in McDonald’s when he was involved in a heated argument with the suspects.
Both groups left the restaurant separately.
But once the teenager was outside, one of the men repeatedly punched and kicked him, knocking him unconscious on to the floor. The attackers fled before police arrived.
Detective Constable James Harriette said: “This was a vicious attack on a young man that left him requiring surgery. He was hit with such force that he was knocked unconscious.
“The incident has left him feeling very distressed and he is still in a great deal of pain. I would urge anyone who witnessed the incident who has not yet spoken to police to do so as a matter of urgency.
Your call will be treated in the strictest confidence.
“I would also encourage anyone who recognises the men in the photographs to contact us so we can speak to them about the incident.”
They are described as black men aged between 18 and 25.
The first suspect is said to have a stocky build and was wearing a red puffa-style jacket and black tracksuit bottoms. He was wearing a black bandana on his head.
The second suspect was wearing a faded denim jacket with a grey hooded top underneath. He was wearing black jeans, with a rip on the right knee and white trainers.
Southwark police are appealing for witnesses or anyone who recognises the men to call 07747 765719 or 101, or tweet @MetCC. To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.